Kerala has a history of many centuries. From time immemorial one can discern visible peculiarities in Kerala society, politics and religions. However, it is a historical truth that at the bottom of these diversities there exists comfortably a culture that is independent. That is Kerala’s unique culture. And, that is reflected in Kerala’s language, Malayalam.
Malayalam belongs to the Dravidian family of languages. We can see Malayalam speaking people in every nook and cranny of the world. Though it is true that Malayalam is the language of Malayalees it is spoken only by a limited group in the world. In a bid to propagate the language the world over, the Government of Kerala under its Department of Culture started the Malayalam Mission.
Malayalam was brought under, the classic language category in 2013, a status that is given to languages that are 200 or more years old. The Mission endeavours to foster the creative talents of the children of expatriate Malayalees and inculcate in them a passion for the language, and patriotism. The text book for these courses are mainly in four headings; those that can be learnt in the first two years called ‘Kanikonna’, those for the next two years called ‘Sooryakanthi’; for the third stage which has a three-year duration, the book is ‘Ambal’, and in the final stage three-year course, the book is ‘Neelakurinji’.
With this view and supporting this activity Hampshire and West Sussex Hindu Cultural Society registered our school with Malayalam mission under the Kent area and started our malayalam classes for kids from April - 2018. The school was inaugurated on Vishu day 2018 by respected Abraham sir from Coventry Malayalam school. The classes are on 2nd and 4th Sunday's every month . Currently we have around 15 students aged from 4- 15 who are learning the 'Kanikonna' book which is the initial stage and are making good progress. At the end of successful completion of each course kids will be awarded a certificate by Govt of Kerala.
Teacher : Reshmikala Rajesh
For more details about Malayalam Mission : http://mm.kerala.gov.in/courses/ From 2019 we are planning to introduce language classes for kids in Hindi as well.