Kerala govt to bring out ‘Hamari Malayalam’ textbook for migrants

The state government initiative is expected to be a boon for around 25 lakh workers, who migrated to Kerala from other states, including West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: August 14, 2017 2:54 pm

The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority is all set to release a textbook exclusively to teach migrant labourers Malayalam, the mother tongue of the people of the state. The state government initiative is expected to be a boon for around 25 lakh workers, who migrated to Kerala from other states, including West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu.

Titled ‘Hamari Malayalam’ (Our Malayalam), the textbook will be launched by state Education Minister C Raveendranath at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, a town with largest migrant labour population in the state. Literacy Mission Director P S Sreekala said the book has been designed in such a way that migrant labourers can interact with local people freely and fluently in their daily life.

The textbook would be used under ‘Changathi’, the Mission’s exclusive programme for migrant workers, she said. “Our core objective is to make migrant labourers competent in reading and writing Malayalam. Many of them can already speak broken Malayalam,” Sreekala told PTI.

Though migrant workers have been playing a key role in many sectors in the state, they are still facing exclusion in society, she said. “By teaching them Malayalam, we are aiming to end this social exclusion,” she said.

Detailing the features of the textbook, Sreekala said ‘Hamari Malayalam’ comprises 25 chapters dealing with various topics ranging from hygiene, health and technology to rights of workers and ethical values.

The chapters would be in the format of dialogues, set in various backdrops like bank, school, market and so on. “Our target is not just make them teach Malayalam but to inculcate among them the basic lessons of sanitation, health and values in a simplified manner. Majority of them are even illiterate in their own mother tongue,” she said.

The Literacy mission would launch the initiative first in Perumbavoor and later extend it to selected places in all districts. A survey was conducted in 27 wards of Perumbavoor recently and 400 beneficiaries had been identified for the education programme in the initial phase. “We are planning to identify the panchayats in other districts where most number of migrant labourers are living and extend the programme there also in the coming days,” she added.

The programme is targeted at those above 15 years.The classes would be conducted in their colonies, besides libraries, local schools and other state-run institutions, Mission officials said.

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  1. ken
    Sep 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    ndia has more English speakers than Great Britain and most of them are polyglots and yet India is unable to provide equal education regardless the medium of instruction through transcription,transliteration and translation. Most world languages have modified their alphabets and use most modern alphabet in writings. Vedic Sanskrit alphabet have been modified to Devanagari and to simplest Gujanagari(Gujarati) script and yet Hindi is taught in a very printing ink wasting complex script to millions of children in India. Why not adopt a simple script at national level? Indian states can retain their languages,scripts and culture by teaching highly propagated Hindi/Sanskrit in regional scripts to impart technical education through a script converter or in India s simplest Gujanagari script along with a Roman script to revive Brahmi script. Maharashtra has lost Modi script in 1950 in order to teach three languages in one script. Bihar also has lost Bhojapuri(Kaithi) script in 1894.
    1. Dukaram Tl
      Aug 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm
      i am very much interested to obtain HAMARI MALAYALAM text book for quick learning of sweet malayalam language at any cost. request pl arrange to despatch it by VPP or i will pay online in advance to the account specified by govt. thanks.
      1. S
        Aug 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm
        Good idea! Similarly help Mallu aam admis to learn Hindi.