Challenges of Learning Sanskrit at Peel
6th June 2021 – Sanskrit is one of the oldest known languages of the world. It is called as the Dev-Vaani or “Language of the Gods”. In 2019, when Toronto District School Board (TDSB) introduced Sanskrit as part its international languages studies, the lovers of the language were elated. Along with some other school boards in Canada, it was also introduced in the Peel District School Board (PDSB). The classes are being held weekly at different schools across the region with the help of Samskrita Bharati Canada.
Over two years since the classes started, it has been not-so-perfect experience for both the parents and students who are attending these classes. Some parents shared their experience with HTC. They said that the biggest challenge is that students of different ages are being taught in the same class. A parent, who chose to be anonymous, said that the Grade 2s are learning with SKGs which sometimes makes the learning not-so-interesting for the elder ones. They feel that if the students could be divided into different sections, it would be better. Also, the students are missing the fun of the pre-pandemic days. It used to be great in-person experience learning the ancient language.
Nevertheless, none of the above has dampened the spirits of parents or students. The parents are highly appreciative of the efforts the teachers are putting in. Learning Sanskrit is not only learning a language, it is also about imbibing the rich and ancient Hindu civilization. The teachers are expecting to see more students enrolling for the weekend classes for the upcoming session in September 2021. If you want to enroll your child in these classes, refer to the below:
TDSB – https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Beyond-the-Classroom/International-Languages-Elementary-and-African-Heritage/Summer-2021
PDSB – https://www.peelschools.org/adult-learning/international-languages/Pages/default.aspx