Muscat Daily

Changing lives through education, charity

- Our Correspond­ent Muscat

Chithra Narayan, Director of Middle East Nursery & Developmen­t of Mental Skills, was invited to speak at the World Tamil Diaspora Day 2024 organised by the Government of Tamil Nadu earlier this month in Chennai, India to celebrate Tamil heritage.

The keynote address of the two-day event themed Tamil Triumph was delivered by Chief Minister M K Stalin of Tamil Nadu and attended by 1,500 participan­ts from 58 countries, including elected people’s representa­tives from Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, the UK and the USA.

Chithra’s presentati­on was titled ‘Contributi­on of non-resident Tamils in the developmen­t of the Tamil language’. “It was a great opportunit­y to represent the

Tamil community of Oman. Being one of the speakers from 58 countries is one thing. To talk about my karmabhoom­i Oman – the land where I work - in my janmabhoom­i India – the land of my birth - is another thing,” she said.

Chithra has been actively involved in promoting Tamil – considered among the oldest languages in the world - including co-writing a book in it titled HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said – A Farsighted Statesman and a Philanthro­pist released by the Ministry of Informatio­n in 2012. She presented copies of the book to internatio­nal delegates at the event in Chennai, raising awareness on Oman and its message of peace.

She considers the inclusion of Tamil as a second language in a few Indian community schools in Oman as a milestone in the efforts for the developmen­t and growth of Tamil language and culture in the sultanate.

Chithra believes inculcatin­g the right value system in young minds at an early age is crucial for the developmen­t of sincere and conscienti­ous individual­s. Having worked with children of different nationalit­ies in Oman for over three decades - Middle East Nursery is now in its 31st year - Chithra claims her medium of instructio­n is ‘love’.

She has won several awards, including Apex Media’s Oman Woman of the Year 2020 in the education category, and continues to participat­e in charitable and social welfare initiative­s in India and Oman. More recently, in November 2023, Chithra received the Global Naari Samman Award 2023 presented by Women Entreprene­urs Internatio­nal Chambers of India in Mauritius for her efforts to change lives of people through education and charity.

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