Read the Ra­mayana more, stu­dents told

Fiji Sun - - Big Story -

Hindi speak­ing stu­dents have been urged by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to make a habit of read­ing the Ra­mayana Ma­ha­rani as it will help them pre­serve their lan­guage.

In his ad­dress dur­ing the build up to the In­ter­na­tional Ra­mayan Con­fer­ence at Ba­tinikama Col­lege in Labasa on Thurs­day, the Se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Sec­ondary in Hindi Ramesh Chand said chil­dren were show­ing less in­ter­est in read­ing their holy book.

“In Fiji, there is a lot of Ra­mayana Man­dali where we re­cite the Ra­mayana, but it is only the el­derly who go there, and the chil­dren do not come to th­ese im­por­tant gath­er­ings,” Mr Chand said. “Through the Ra­mayana, Hindi is alive in Fiji and we need to en­sure that this re­mains,” Mr Chand said.

“Coun­tries like Mauritius are fac­ing a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple have the need to per­form prayers, but very less peo­ple have the abil­ity to do so.

“If we do not take the steps now we might re­gret it later and we (the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion) are do­ing our best to en­cour­age more stu­dents to take up in­ter­est in learn­ing Hindi.” Mr Chand was speak­ing to more than 300 stu­dents who gath­ered to wit­ness the event which was marked through or­a­tory and Hindi Diwa com­pe­ti­tions.

The In­ter­na­tional Ra­mayana Con­fer­ence will be held on Oc­to­ber 14 to 15 in Suva. Rashmi Ku­mar

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