Edison, NJ – HindiUSA launched a new year of its Hindi School last week at John Adams Middle School, with hundreds of children arriving for their first day of classes on Friday evening.
“It’s been a pretty good experience here, I’m seeing a lot of students learning Hindi. It’s always nice to learn a second language, or maybe a third language, especially if it is a language that is spoken at home,” said Lakshman Iyer, who has taught classes at the school for the past nine years.
The school has nine levels, that focus on reading and writing Hindi. “For each of those levels, we have written our own curriculum and our own books, and we published our own books,” said Sunil Dubey, one of the school’s administrators. “By the time they graduate from here they should have a fair knowledge and speak it, if not fluently.”
The school teaches Hindi to more than 4,000 students, who range in age from five to fifteen. A non-profit and entirely volunteer-managed organization, HindiUSA runs 24 programs around the country, including schools in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Georgia and California.
Parents said that they appreciate the structured program.
“This has been wonderful for the kids. They learn something that with the regular scheme of things we don’t expose to our children,” said Rajiv Goyal, whose children attend the school. “One of the important things is that they see their friends here and that’s something that really inspires them. They have fun and they learn in a fun environment. Trying to teach them at home the same thing is very difficult because they don’t have that peer communication, which in the school setting really helps them.”
Later in the year, students will participate in a Hindi Poem competition and two days of Mahotsav in which each level is given a topic to present in a group performance, said administrators from HindiUSA.
“The poem competition gives them confidence of standing on stage and speaking Hindi – it gives them a lot of confidence to talk in front of so many people,” said Manak Kabra, principal of the school.
Raj Mittal, Vice President of HindiUSA, told TAPinto Edison that the Hindi School in Edison is able to operate due to number of parents and volunteers that provide assistance. “Our network has grown so much,” he said. “This is a completely volunteer organization – we don’t get any money paid or anything. We just invest our time and energy and money for this organization. Very little fees, we charge from the students about 260 dollars a year which covers the cost of the rent for the building, books, and supplies and some other activities.”