The Tribal Teacher Who Changed the Destinies of Odisha’s Adivasi Children

Tulasi Appa was only 13 years old when she decided to devote all her time toward educating children from the Munda tribe that she belongs to. She’d spent her formative years working in a stone quarry, but that did not deter her from starting her first school in 1966 in Odisha's Serenda village under a Mahua tree on a borrowed plot of land on the village’s periphery.

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