Mogya Education Program

The Mogyas are, historically, a socially marginalised people. Hunting has been the Mogya’s sole craft for centuries and something they proudly identify with. Their small numbers also ensured they did not benefit from government programs for marginalised communities. Their low social standing and formidable bushcraft made the Mogyas resort to poaching for sustenance. The world around them has gradually changed, but these hunters have continued to poach for a living. Punishment by law was an obvious solution to stop the poaching crisis, but this was only a part of the solution. Social upliftment was the second part, and Tiger Watch sought to bring the next generation of the Mogya community into the mainstream through education. The first candidates to go through the program were none other than the children of the poachers arrested in raids carried out by Tiger Watch.

After a humble beginning with a batch of 9 Mogya children in 2006 in spartan premises generously provided by a progressive Forest Ranger, the program has grown from strength to strength and now boasts 182 children under its wing.

Several children have since graduated from both primary and secondary school with flying colours and have moved on to pursue higher education or vocational training, which will ensure their place in a growing economy. The biggest success stories are that in the history of this community,  Mogya children have passed the metric, and some have done ITI and studied further, such as Jaggu Lal Mogya, a bright student, who pursued a higher education at the University of Jaipur.

Ever since the onset of COVID-19, we have shifted the program to a model of home-schooling where 6 teachers travel to village settlements to teach the Mogya students. This has enabled the program to expand further to include 182 students.

Even the teaching staff reflects the change this program is bringing about in the Mogya community. One of the two new women teachers engaged in the program, Ms. Laxmi Mogya, is from the community herself, showing how things have come full circle.

Once considered a fool’s errand by some older conservation groups in India,  it is now recognised as a one-of-a-kind initiative, which has turned a new leaf in the world of conservation practices. The Mogya Education Program has not only been covered by local journals and newspapers, but around the world as an example of best practices and change.

 Our chairman, Mr. Iskander Lalljee of Süd-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd., has consistently supported the Mogya Education Program.

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Ranthambhore Road, Post Khilchipur,
District Sawai Madhopur,
322 001, Rajasthan,
INDIA

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