THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Seeing the lack of knowledge about their mother tongue, Kendriya Vidyalaya organised a camp to help its students learn Malayalam.
For the many Malayalee students of Kendriya Vidyalaya in the city, the prospect of learning their mother tongue was dim until last year.
In an effort to close this gap and to impart language learning, a Malayalam learning camp for the students was organised in the school recently.
In this camp, conducted for students of Stds I to V, the teaching session has been divided into two sections.
In the morning session, titled “Amma Malayalam”, eminent Malayalam teachers, poets, critics and important personalities from the cultural field interacted with the students.
They also shared with children the importance of learning their mother tongue and the need to love and cherish the language.
In the afternoon session, students were given training for writing and reading Malayalam. Specially trained teachers imparted these skills among the students who were grouped based on their level of knowledge about the language. The students were also trained to read newspapers and short stories in Malayalam in order to improve their language.
Apart from this, a study tour titled “Gandhi Darshanam” to Gandhi Bhavan was organised for the camp members jointly by the PTA and Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi.
Keen to learn
According to the co-ordinator of the camp, Jayalakshmi Krishnan, a number of students across the Kendriya Vidyalayas in the State have been expressing their wish to learn their mother tongue.
“The students of these Central Government schools are confident in English and Hindi. But many, whose mother tongue is Malayalam, are not getting any opportunity to learn it. As many as 250 students registered for the camp. Over the five days, they were taught the basics of Malayalam language,” she added.
They also shared with children the importance of learning their mother tongue...