Pratichi Institute seeks to stimulate extensive public debate and discussion with booklets, overviews and other such publications that present topics and themes in sync with the core concerns of the organisation in a humane, gentle and reader-friendly manner without the gravity that usually accompanies academic research and papers.
The Pratichi – Ayo Aidari Health Project Jharkhand (2006)
This is a short primer for Hormo Jivi Bhalai Pontha, the health project at Kundapahari village of Gopikandar block in Dumka, jointly initiated by the Pratichi Trust and the Ayo Aidari Trust, an NGO formed by Santal women of Dumka district of Jharkhand.
Meyeder Kawtha (2011) [Bengali]
This informative booklet, published by Pratichi, attempts to highlight the actual state of affairs that girls and women have to live with in our society.
Pushti (2011) [Bengali]
Nutrition (pushti in Bengali) and nutritional security are essential pre-requisites for the development of the human being in every sphere of activity. This factor is especially true with regard to children. The motivation to disseminate the value of nutrition and achieving nutritional security instigated Pratichi to publish this outstanding booklet.
A Child’s View of the World (2012)
As human beings grow older, they tend to increasingly alienate themselves from the children’s vision, understanding and expectations of the universe. However, if adults want to do any work of real value for children, they must be able to empathize profoundly with the child’s worldview. That is what this booklet, published by Pratichi in association with Child Rights and You (CRY), aspires to facilitate.
Joy of Reading: Book-reading Festival for Children – A Report (2012)
The Pratichi Trust, in association with Child Rights and You (CRY) and the District Primary Schools Council of Birbhum, organised a series of experimental book-reading festivals to enable primary school children acquire the exhilarating feel of spending an entire day ensconced in the enchanting world of books that were fun, filled with colourful pictures, stimulated their curiosity and brought them joy instead of worry and fear. This report records how the 17 reading festivals that reached out to a total of 825 students – 403 girls and 422 boys – in 51 primary schools of eight gram panchayats spread across six blocks of Birbhum helped in enriching the delivery of primary education in the district.
Penwalk: Experiences of Primary Teaching in West Bengal – Glimpses of Teachers’ Writing Workshops (2012)
This anthology published by Pratichi contains the views and opinions of practicing teachers themselves on the entire gamut of schooling as also their personal experiences of and contributions to their calling. Usually the teachers’ voice remains unheard. Pratichi organised ten writing workshops in eight districts of West Bengal where 348 teachers penned down their accounts of their successes as well as the problems they faced and overcame. The genesis of this volume is rooted in those workshops.
First Learner (2013) [Translation of the Bengali publication – Shishura ki pichhiye-pawRa?]
Pratichi, in association with CRY (Child Rights and You), had organised a series of research oriented activity workshops on school education in Birbhum. This publication is an offshoot of these workshops. It contains the thoughts and experiences of two primary teachers with regard to their personal research on education, pedagogy, children’s minds, social problems regarding unequal childhood and much more.
Pedagogy in Practice: Experiences in Primary Teaching in West Bengal (2015)
The Pratichi Institute recognizes that there are many more primary school-teachers than we are ready to give credit to who from behind the scenes are bringing about immeasurable positive changes in the thoughts and lives of a generation of primary school students in West Bengal and has been instrumental as a responsible NGO – through the publication of anthologies of this kind – in bringing into the public domain numerous such initiatives narrated by the primary teachers themselves.