It was a memorable day for the students of a school in Ongole as they spent time with Chenchus, a primitive tribal group at Maripalem and Peddacheema in the thick Nallamalla forests, to have a better understanding of their culture.
“It was a wonderful experience for us to interact with them and observe their lifestyle from close quarters,” remarked a group of 15 students of Bashyam Public School here after their week-end visit of remote tribal hamlets. They put probing questions to the Chenchus about their food habits, customs, etc.
School Principal M.V.Ramana Rao told The Hindu on Tuesday that the trip was arranged to create awareness among students about the tribals and their way of life. The students who were accompanied by their physical education teacher, M. Ravi, pooled together their pocket money and bought bed-sheets, towels and utensils to show their concern for the Chenchus who call themselves “children of trees.”
They also distributed 150 sets of pens and books to Chenchu children studying in tribal schools there. The tribal group followed a simple lifestyle, disturbing the environment least, the students observed.
Mr Ramana Rao said that the students were eager to visit these remote villages for long. Mr Rao approached the Indian Red Cross Society district secretary Ch. Chalamaiah who agreed to arrange for their travel in coordination with the Integrated Tribal Development Agency Special Officer K.V. Ramakrishna.
Put probing questions to the tribal group about their food habits, customs, etc.