Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2017
Free language classes at Goodwood Primary School are giving kids a taste of India. The Saraswati Community School, run by the World Hindu Council of Australia (WHCA), teaches local kids Hindi, Sanskrit, yoga and meditation at the campus during after school hours. The classes are held throughout the year on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and there is no fee for the classes. All learning material is supplied free of charge. Principal Dayawati Pandey says children from all cultural backgrounds are welcome. “ We have children from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds in our classes,” Dayawati says. “A ll our classes incorporate music, ar t and craft, dance, plays and games in learning activities to provide a comprehensive understanding of the culture and history of India.” Dayawati says the classes are vital in keeping children connected with their culture and their family. “Learning their mother language, the children can communicate with their grandparents, and their extended families who can only speak their home language, and as a result family bonds are strengthened,” she says. “ We teach our children about different cultures and that all of them are different, but equally impor tant and valuable, and this helps them appreciate diversity.” “Respecting others begins by respecting ourselves and our heritage.” Students in Goodwood and Unley can also take additional English, science and math classes to help boost their academic studies and be involved in soccer and cricket clinics. For more information go to vhpsa.org.au UNLEYLIFE 09 A taste of India “ We teach our children about different cultures and that all of them are different, but equally important and valuable." Dayawati Pandey My Unley Save time and take care of council business online, from your smar tphone, tablet or PC. • Repor t an issue • Lodge a request • Make a payment It’s quick to register, simply visit unley.sa.gov.au and click on My Unley.
Unley Life Autumn 2017