Dr. Ambedkar School

Two Saints

2017.01.05. Categorized: Front Page   

Today it is the 6th of December. On this day two saints died in Asia: Bishop Nicholas (in Hungary and the Czech Republic he is also called Santa Claus) about 1673 years ago and a Buddhist saint, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar 60 years ago.

Saint Nicholas was born into the highest layer of society, while Ambedkar was born into the lowest. Europe knows a lot about Nicholas, but very little about Ambedkar. Only this spring, on the 125th anniversary of his birth was his first statue inaugurated in Europe. It was installed in Sajokaza, where there is a school named after him and run by his followers. His followers found and run their schools even amidst very difficult circumstances, so that more and more people can follow Dr. Ambedkar in the path of those educated and spellbinding intellectuals from the lowest rungs of society, who proclaim the motto ”Dignity for Everyone” in their fight for human rights.

Dr. Ambedkar was born in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. His mother gave birth to him as the 15th child in a dalit family under the Hindu caste system. For the untouchable dalits there were only segregated schools available and very limited attention from teachers. The only reason Dr. Ambedkar could get into a state school reserved for students from the higher castes, was that his father served in the British army’s Indian legion as a lieutenant, and for the English being a dalit was not a reason to exclude him. The dalit children were not allowed to touch the school desks, they had to sit on hempsacks. They were not allowed to touch the waterjugs either, they could only drink, if the teaching assistant cared to pour some water into their mouth.

Ambedkar was the only dalit in the whole school in Bombay. He finished his high school studies as a married man, after he was married to a 9 year old girl at the age of 15. The whole community celebrated, when he succeeded in being the first person from the community to be admitted to a college. After that it was with a scholarship from a maharaja that he studied at the Columbia University and at the London School of Economics.

In the 1920’s and 30’s Dr. Ambedkar organised and led huge non-violent protests against segregation and for the rights of the outcasts, so that they could use the water system in the cities and they would be permitted to enter the temples and schools visited by others. He publicly burnt the Hindu holy writing that was the basis for turning dalits into outcasts.

The English and the leaders of the independence movement talked about the future Indian constitution in the 30’s. Ambedkar sat at the roundtable in London, while Gandhi was in prison. In London Ambedkar’s ideas were accepted about affirmative action regarding the outcast and segregated social groups and their own electoral representation system. Gandhi started a hunger strike in prison as he didn’t agree with Ambedkar on everything. Ambedkar visited him in prison and India’s independent constitution was built on their agreement, in the making of which the leading role was played by Ambedkar, who became the first Minister of Law and Justice of independent India in Nehru’s government.

Dr Ambedkar identified religions with their social roles. He used tough words to condemn both of the most prominent religions of his country, Hinduism (the religion he was born into) and Islam due to caste system, slavery, child marriage and the ill treatment of women. He did not refrain from condemning Gandhi either.

Dr. Ambedkar’s reforms in family law and some other areas were mainly blocked due to opposition from the priests. He had been studying the different branches of the different religions to find the one that is acceptable by ”common sense”, modern science, the principles of freedom and equality and does not glorify poverty, does not proclaim that it is good to be poor, when it is not so.

Dr. Ambedkar in the company of half a million of his followers converted to Buddhism in a monumental ceremony and wrote his main work entitled The Buddha and His Dhamma. This is the „dalit Bible”, which was only published after the death of Ambedkar, as the author died two months after the huge conversion ceremony.

Dr Ambedkar has a big following. His birthday is a national holiday and many institutions were named after him. His opposition is also quite significant, which is only natural, since he has earned the dislike of not only those, who are enemies of freedom, equal rights and equal dignity, but also of those, who are pledged believers of Hinduism and Islam.

In Sajokaza at the Dr. Ambedkar school teachers and students remembered the public figure on the 6th December, after whom the school was named:

The Jai Bhim Community, a group of Dr. Ambedkar’s followers were registered as a church in 2007 and were cast out from the list of churches with the other churches identifying with the outcasts in 2011.

Written by: Sandor Revesz
Source: http://romasajtokozpont.hu/revesz-sandor-ket-szent/

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Our School (1st Part)
Our school is named after Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (April 14, 1891-December 6, 1956) an Indian jurist, scholar and political leader. Born into a poor, dalit (untouchable) family and subjected to intense socio-economic discrimination, Ambedkar spent his life fighting against the Indian caste system and the idea of untouchability. We see his message being relevant for gypsies in our country today.

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Our School (2nd Part)
Our school is serving in a region of northern Hungary where the proportion of high school graduates having matriculation examination is under 1%. At the gypsy settlements of Sajokaza, Lak, Alsovadasz, Homrogd there are thousands of people without the chance of secondary education. We believe, that the application of proper pedagogy will result in the elevation of above mentioned ratio similar to any other group of today's society, and our students so become competitive participants of the labour market.

Our School 3rd Part

Our School (3rd Part)
Our school offers person centered pedagogy, informatics, English language and sciences. By activating dormant energies of unused manpower we bring high grade secondary education to the poorest communities of our homeland.

Our School 4th Part

Our School (4th Part)
The objective of our school is to show the way out of poverty and make environmental stimuli enjoyable for everybody. We knowingly have encouraged our children to make friends with students of other schools years before founding the school. Our task is to transmit the essence of better life standards of more prosperous social strata to our students and their families. It is especially important in health issues, for we do not study to die early as the poor of the villages.

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Even though the school is situated in segregated environment, our efforts are to integrate. The goal is to bring high standard education to a totally unprovided area. The want should be satisfied. The effects of this service then attract non-Romany inhabitants, and lead to building valuable relationships around the segregated community. We believe in the possibility of dark spots on the map today to become bright stars tomorrow.

Our School 6th Part

Our School (6th Part)
We emphasize the values of Romany lifestyle. Even though the life is changing in Alsovadasz, Sajokaza, Lak, Homrogd and the other villages, people are going to have large families with lots of cousins, uncles and aunts for a few more decades. However nice and precious it is, the public opinion of the rest of the county might be different. One of the pedagogic tasks of the school is to provide students with well based confidence to commit to their own chosen lifestyle.

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Our School (7th Part)
The aim that our students want to achieve is high school graduation. Trade is offered only to those who want it along with graduation. Even for people fell out of primary education but wanting to learn we make understand that the goal is not just completing primary school but to change their social stand.

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  • Professor Shanker Dutt: Congratulations on the good work you are doing. The English language is an instrument of empowerment and liberation to access knowledge and technology
  • Hemant aka Nirvan Shinde: Dear Friends of Dr. Ambedkar School, I am highly pleased to congratulate you, for this historic step against segregation. you the Children of Dr. Amb
  • Pardeep S Attri: This is really great to hear all this activities going on!
  • Dhammadeep: jai bhim dear asok, you are really doing a great job i wish u all the very best
  • DHAMMADEEP DEOGADE: Dear Asok, Jai Bhim… UR Doing Great Work.. ..I’ve Photograph Collaction of Dr.Ambedker. It’s a  Orkut Link..do Get it…  http://www.orkut.c

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    Headmaster: Tibor Derdak

    Address:
    H-3720 Sajókaza, Rákóczi F. u. 29.

    Headquarters:
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    H-3600 Ózd, Petőfi út 18-20.
    H-3659 Sáta, Kolozsvári út 5.

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Right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. (Buddha)

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Memorial Schedule

24 September: Pune Pact between Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar in 1932

14 October: Conversion in Nagpur of Dr. Ambedkar and his Dalit followers in 1956: “Dhammadiksha” or “Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din”

28 November: The Day of Orientalists (Körösi Csoma Sándor started his mysterious Eastern journey in 1819.)

5 November - 14 December: The Lőrinc family in Sajógalgóc gave shelter to four Jewish youngsters who had escaped labour camp.

19 January: Martin Luther King Day

11 February: The Day of Freedom in Religion: In 1676 the dutch admiral Michael de Ruyter freed the Hungarian galley slave praechers: e.g. Túróczi Végh András from Fülek, Kálnai Péter from Putnok, Szalóczi Mihály from Zubogy

14 April: Birthday of Dr. Ambedkar

2 May: Birthday of the Buddha

2 August: The Day of Gypsies’ Holocaust in 1944

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