Pune: As language is the most important carrier of the culture of any place, I Care, a city-based organisation will soon be starting classes of Marathi and Urdu languages for the foreigners and outsiders residing in the city. This is the first time that the organisation is holding such a class.
“Every year, thousands of people from other states, as well as abroad come to Pune for education and employment. However, they mostly remain alienated from the Puneites due to the language barrier,” Mohammad Saif of I Care said.
He added that it's unfortunate that a city like Pune, known to be the cultural capital of the state, cannot pass on its culture to the outsiders only due to language constraint. Saif, who has worked closely with students coming to learn to Pune, said that many of them faced several problems because they didn't know the local language.
“Even students coming from the state's rural areas need language support in English, so we are also planning to teach English. However, our focus would still be on Marathi and Urdu,” he said.
“The first batch will be conducted in Fergusson College campus. As we keep getting more students and others in other areas, we will start the classes on other college campuses as well,” Saif stated.
- While the classes were conceptualised keeping students in mind, anyone above the age of 16 years is welcome to attend the classes.
- The classes are for free without any admission or teaching charges.
- The organisation is already reaching out to the students on social media, as well as through colleges.
- The organisation is looking for freelancers who are volunteering teach the language at the classes.