Hyderabad: They might have migrated overseas, but they did not forget their roots and are still striving to make the GenNext learn Telugu in Virginia, US.
Realising the need to help Telugu families hone their children’s Telugu skills, a school under the aegis of Capital Area Telugu Society in Virginia was established in 2010 with over 13 students. Since then, the response from the families has been good and the strength has now gone up to 40.
“Apart from teaching written and spoken Telugu, we encourage students to play indoor games also to generate interest among them,” said the society vice-president Sudharani Kondapu, who along with 50 delegates from the US is in the city for World Telugu Conference.
A team of 10 students headed by a teacher focus on teaching basics to students along with poems. Children aged between 5 years to 11 years are joining the school to learn the language, Sudharani said and added that the society was ensuring that the younger generation should not forget roots of their respective families.
“We also organise a special programme to mark the conclusion of 10-week course,” she said and added that most families feel elated when their children speak in Telugu.
Sudharani, who is also a member of North America Telugu Association (NATA), said senior citizens from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh often visit US to meet their children settled there. “We invite them to our school to help us in training the children. This initiative is also helping elderly persons spend leisure time with children.”