By Shivika Mala
An Auckland organisation is warning about the risk of Indian youth in New Zealand losing their Hindi culture and is advocating for the Hindi language to be included in New Zealand’s school curriculum.
The Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and Teach Hindi New Zealand highlighted the issue in a submission sent to the Ministry of Education last month. It emphasised the need to promote the Hindi language in New Zealand since a large portion of Indian cultural scriptures are in Hindi and Sanskrit.
It said future generations of New Zealand’s Indian youth might not be able to maintain their literacy levels, morals and values if they weren’t able to read, write and understand Hindi and Sanskrit scriptures.
Hindi community in New Zealand. Photo/ Supplied.
The President of the Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and Teach Hindi New Zealand, Satya Dutt, says apart from enhancing students’ academic performance, the inclusion of Hindi in New Zealand’s school curriculum will enable non-Indian students to learn another language.
“It will be an opportunity to understand another culture better and it will also give identity and promote our language and culture,” he says.
“We’ve put this submission together with quite a number of organisations to voice our concerns to the Minister. They have signed and given letters of support for the language to be included in the curriculum.”
Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and Teach Hindi New Zealand want the Hindi language to be part of the school curriculum. Photo/ Supplied.
Dutt says there's a large number of Hindi speaking citizens in Auckland and Wellington.
“The hub of the Hindi language is Auckland because this is the place where most of the Hindi speaking people are living and where they migrate from other countries such as India, Fiji, South Africa and other places.”
The Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and Teach Hindi New Zealand recently won a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education Fiji to utilise all of their published curriculum documents and resources.