Staff Reporter –
Muthtamil Sangam in Auckland has announced the commencement of the third term of Tamil language classes from July 25, 2015.
Sangam Secretary Sheba Soundararajan said that classes will be held on Saturdays from 4 pm to 530 pm at Wesley Community Centre located at 740 Sandringham Road Extension.
“We are grateful to Mano Subramanian for volunteering to teach children to read and write in Tamil. She has adequate overseas experience in teaching. We hope that parents will encourage their children to learn their mother tongue,” Mrs Soundararajan said.
Expression of Interest
A number of overseas born people of Tamil origin, including those from India, Fiji, South Africa and other South East Asian countries are keen to learn the language and also encourage their children to do so.
This passion has prompted organisations such as the New Zealand Thirumurugan Temple Trust and Muthtamil Sangam in Auckland and similar associations in Wellington and Christchurch to conduct Tamil language classes at least once a week.
Tamil teachers and others with the aptitude offer to teach on pro bono basis, helping to promote the language.
Eight years ago to date, we reported (Indian Newslink, August 1, 2007) the Sangam had commenced weekly classes in Mt Roskill.
“Auckland based Muthtamil Sangam took a step forward with the launch of free Tamil classes for youngsters in particular, although anyone keen on learning the language could be enrolled,” we had said, acknowledging the services of Thangamani Periasamy, Lakshmanan Sockalingam and Prabhakaran Rangaswamy.
Further information can be obtained from Sheba Soundararajan on 021-678778.
Sheba Soundararajan (seated second from right) and her team at Muthamil Sangam