Auckland, August 31, 2019
The importance of promoting Hindi in the School Curriculum and encouraging its wide usage throughout New Zealand are among the issues that will be discussed at a Workshop scheduled to be held in South Auckland next month.
Facilitated by the Hindi Language Trust of New Zealand and supported by Teach Hindi New Zealand and New Zealand Hindi Teachers Association, the Programme will be held between 845 am and 4 pm on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Staff Room of Papatoetoe High School, located at 19 Nicholson Avenue in Papatoetoe.
The Workshop will be officially opened by Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa.
Among the speakers are Bhav Dhillon, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Maata Fusitua, Maree Jeurissen, Netram Sharma, Nikki Kaye, Dr Pushpa Wood, Suman Kapoor, Sunita Narayan, Susan Warren, Dr Todd Nachowitz and Vavao Fetui.
Hindi Language Trust President & Trustee Satya Dutt said that discussions would be held on the Importance of Language, Maintenance for Settlement and Intercultural Understanding under the broad theme of Hindi Language: Past, Present and Beyond for Future Generations.
“The Workshop shall provide a platform to create, strengthen guidelines and build a capability, creating a joint voice for all Hindi Language stakeholders in New Zealand. Decisions and resolutions taken will be placed before Education Minister Chris Hipkins and officials of his Ministry in late September or early October. This will be in alignment with the submissions already made to the government in 2016 and 2018,” he said.
Representation to the Government
Mr Dutt said that Hindi is the third most spoken language in Auckland and the fourth most spoken language of New Zealand.
“The government is currently supporting 12 languages in the New Zealand Curriculum. Consideration should be given to Hindi as well,” he said.