Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Perfect Ambassadors - Kashmiri Boys Excel in Marathi

Today's newspapers carry a pleasant news about linguistic brotherhood. A Pune-based non-governmental organisation, Sarhad, adopted 11 boys from a conflict-ridden region of Kashmir in 2004. They started learning Marathi from scartch. This year, the boys have excelled in Marathi in the Class 10 exam conducted by the Maharashtra government.

via The Hindu:

“In my village, Dardpur in Kupwara, there are many children who still don’t go to school. I feel lucky that I came here and I have passed Class 10,” said Dilbar Khoja, who has scored the highest overall amongst the boys at 80 per cent, with 72 in Marathi.

Sarhad Founder Sanjay Nahar said the children make perfect ambassadors for both Pune and Kashmir. “When we got the children, the idea was to inculcate the local culture in them, without disconnecting them from their roots. We didn’t isolate anyone, and they study along with local children. We wanted to inculcate leadership qualities in them,” he said.

You can read the entire article here.

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