INTRODUCING Class I students to Sanskrit, a government primary school in Bhuj has started it as a subject from the entry-level class. According to the school administration, Bhuj is first in the state to do so. The students of Shivnagar (Shantinagar) Prathmik Shala 24 in Kutch-Bhuj will study Sanskrit from Class I . State education department’s current rule is to introduce Sanskrit from Class VI. A special programme was organised by the school administration to implement the decision on February 12, on the occasion of Basant Panchami.
“Sanskrit being our deva bhasha, we believe children should learn this language at an early stage, recognise alphabets and at least be able to speak common words we use in our daily life. For instance, danda deepa (tubelight), bhramandhwani (mobile phone), dhenu (cow), shuka (parrot) and items used in classroom like krishnafalak (blackboard). At the introductory stage, they will be taught orally, though with the help of books, but the focus will be on speaking Sanskrit more,” said school principal Pareshbhai Gujarati.
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“The school has been conducting Sanskrit learning classes for children and adults. They approached us with this idea and we gave the nod. It’s the first school in the district to have a rainwater harvesting facility and its students have also contributed towards de-addiction campaign in the area,” said deputy District Primary Education Officer (DPEO) Nileshbhai Gor.
When asked if the school has been granted permission from the education department, Gujarati said, “We have received the permission to start this initiative under ‘other activities’ that a school can start, for instance, innovative programmes for environment. It was a collaborative effort of our school teaching faculty and Samskrita Bharati that has donated textbooks.”
As per the curriculum designed for the entry classes, the stress would be on spoken language. The school also plans to conduct written exams.