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The Punjabi language and culture class in action. Photo: SUPPLIED

Exploring Punjabi culture in Thames

Last week marked the start of free Punjabi language and culture classes in Thames, thanks to the generous support of the Thames Indian community. With a total of ten students, supported by parents and adults, organiser Jaspreet Kaur said the initiative kicked off with great enthusiasm.

“The involvement of parents was pivotal as they actively participated in teaching their children the intricacies of the Punjabi language,” she said. 

“The support extended beyond the community, as the principal of Moanataiari School graced the occasion with a warm welcome speech, further motivating the young learners.”

The classes take place at Moanataiari School on Mondays from 5-6pm. Lessons include all aspects of Punjabi culture; including the language, heritage and philosophy, Gurbani santhya (the correct pronunciation of scripture), gatka (martial arts), kirtan (devotional music), turban tying, and bhangra (folk dance). 

“The curriculum began with an introduction to the Punjabi alphabet, known as Gurmukhi, and all children eagerly absorbed the lessons,” Jaspreet said. 

“To maintain a structured learning environment, group rules were established and children were assessed at various learning levels.

“Recognizing the importance of accessible education, free stationery and books were provided to all students, facilitating their weekly attendance.” 

The inaugural class included children ranging in age from 2-13. As a token of appreciation for their dedication, treats were distributed at the conclusion of the session, accompanied by a small homework assignment to reinforce their learning. 

DETAILS: Mondays, 5-6pm at Moanataiari School in Thames. For more information contact Jaspreet on 021 0295 2879 or Tajinder on 022 183 5515. 

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