This innovative programme for teaching Sanskrit to pre-primary and primary grade level children through a variety of fun games and activities, verses of practical wisdom, rhyming songs, simple and inspiring stories, conversation, shlokas, arts, hymns and various other creative activities, is run via an equally innovative delivery model.
Children’s Sanskrit Centers
- Teaching-learning happens at specially organised Children’s Sanskrit Centers, which are managed and run by specially trained teachers.
- Each Center is managed entirely by one specially trained teacher.
- These Centers may be organised at a neighbourhood school, teacher’s home, or any other appropriate place to be identified by the teacher.
- Students of pre-primary group (ages 4-6; grades Nursery to First) and primary group (ages 7-10; grades Second to Fifth) are recruited and enrolled in separate batches. Maximum number of students per batch: 35. (New batches will be created for any additional students).
- Each Center offers two 8-month-long courses – one for pre-primary batch and the other for primary batch. The course is divided into 2 semesters – January to April and July to October.
- Separate 2-hour-long classes are held for each batch; each batch attends only one 2-hour-long class per week. Before the beginning of the semester, the Center Teacher-admin coordinates with the affiliated school (or a representative of the children’s parents as the case may be) to decide on a mutually convenient day and time for the classes. Classes may also be held on the weekends and/or in the late afternoons or evenings.
- For two batches of students (1 for pre-primary and 1 for primary), each Center thus conducts 4 hours of teaching sessions per week.
- The Center Teacher-admin is responsible for recruiting and enrolling students for the Center, as well as conducting the weekly classes for the student batches.
- The Center Teacher-admin is given adequate training by SAFIC.
- In addition to propagation of Sanskrit, this programme also aims at the overall development of the teachers running and organising these Centers, and equipping them with additional skills such as entrepreneurship abilities and digital literacy.