Nepali Language Classes
Terry Pratchett said, "If you do not know where you are come from, you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong"
To know an additional language is always an advantage in country in the USA where hundreds languages are spoken by people around the world. More importantly to keep native language alive is so very important and sense of responsibility and pride in the proud country like the USA where the uniqueness and the diversity is respected and given due consideration for protection, conservation and promotion.
Don't Forget the Roots: Teaching Kids Native Language-Nepali is one such program aimed at protecting, preserving and promoting the rich Nepali Language spoken by more than 80,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled in the USA since 2008 and also millions of other Nepalese resettled for last many decades from Nepal and India.
Nepali is not one of the languages taught in the main stream schools in the USA and hence the language is naturally going off the table for these children who are doing all their education in here. We already are seeing some alarming results as some kids in such pockets where the ethnic settlement is nil or very small, are so very much away from the native language the communication with their parent or grandparents especially is very tough.
Therefore to bridge this gap, Bhutanese American Organization-Philadelphia takes the initiative to empower the kids with this beautiful language-Nepali which is indeed their own mother tongue also. Today's children are the future torch bearers for the community, society and the country as a whole hence any additional empowerment would always be for their betterment in the days to come.
We target to serve at least 30 kids aged 8- 15 years for this basic Nepali literacy class for the program year 2015-2016. Since we have the community settled in two major pockets- Northeast and southeast classes are run in in both the locations.