In yet another effort to promote Marathi language across the state, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s education department Wednesday issued a circular to all its schools to celebrate January 1 to January 15 as “Marathi Bhasha Sanvardhan Pandharvad’’.
A fortnight highlighting Marathi language will be celebrated in all the BMC affiliated and recognised, aided, unaided and private schools. Department heads and school managements have been directed to draw up various activities to highlight the fortnight-long event. The government resolution issued by the Marathi language department in July last year had directed schools across the state to observe a fortnight-long programme to promote Marathi language by organising workshops, elocution, speech competition, essay, reading, etc. The circular has directed schools to even use non- Marathi languages to promote and teach Marathi language at non-Marathi medium schools.”
“With the help of experts and linguists, schools are supposed to show Marathi language slides, storytelling and reading sessions should be organised with the help of local artists and experts. Schools must also organise programmes based on folklores and folk music such as — Bharud, Gavlan, Kathakathan, poetry reading,etc. Following this, the schools are supposed to submit a report on the programme to the department,” said an official from the BMC education department.
Uday Nare, a teacher said” “It is a good move to promote and preserve the language. With the help of such events, the government can reach out to a large number of people to promote Marathi. I think non Marathi-schools also should take this move positively and organise Marathi Bhasha Sanvardhan Padharvad”.” Initially, the government wanted to observe this fortnight-long event from May 1 to May15 that is around Maharashtra Day.