Ambedkar’s vision on education (or Dalit education)

Q. Ambedkar’s vision on education (or Dalit education).

  • Ambedkar was very much influenced by Dewey’s ideas on scientific method, experimental approach, democracy and pragmatism in the field of education.
  • He insisted that, ‘Educate to organize and to Struggle’ for their own betterment using whatever educational facilities.
  • Education is not only a layer for their social mobility but also opens the doors for their modernization.
  • He mainly emphasized that the education as a vital force for individual development and social change.
  • Ambedkar envisaged that, education was an instrument for the change of the lives of untouchables.
  • He declared that the elevation of the depressed classes was recognized to be the cause of all the enlightened people in the country.
  • He thought that education would enlighten his people and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor to which the untouchables belong.
  • Education is an effective instrument of mass movement to safeguard life and liberty.
  • Education could encourage the oppressed ones to fight and remove injustice and exploitation and pave ways for the free thinking.
  • He recognized that, lack of education was the main cause for the backwardness of poor people.
  • Educate, agitate and organize are three final words of our savior.
  • According to Ambedkar one must get educated before he is conducting agitated thoughts for the movement, so that people can organize with his support.
  • Ambedkar encouraged untouchable youth to acquire education in order to raise their social status and image.
  • His educational contribution starts on a wider scale of educating classes as well as masses starts with this work.
  • For Ambedkar, education was the main key to open the doors of light, vision and wisdom.
  • He himself said, “Education is something which ought to be brought within the reach of every one.

The object of primary education is to see that every child that enters the portals of a primary school does leave it only at a stage when it becomes literate continuous to be literate throughout the rest of his life.”

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