Interested individuals with some prior exposure to Sanskrit will be eligible to apply for consideration. Applicants may already be engaged in teaching work or may aspire to become self-employed in education related professions. The key criteria for identifying the right teachers for starting Children’s Sanskrit Centers are:
- Keen interest in working with pre-primary and primary level children;
- Respect for Sanskrit as a language of India’s soul;
- Respect for Sanskrit as a language for empowerment and inner growth;
- Openness to learning and teaching Sanskrit via a holistic approach;
- Ability to take initiative and willingness to collaborate with others;
- Readiness to coordinate with schools and parents in starting Children’s Sanskrit corners;
- Willingness to complete the required training sessions offered by SAFIC.
Selected teacher-admins interested in organising and conducting Children’s Sanskrit Centers are trained by a SAFIC Coordinator. There are two mandatory levels of training and one optional.
Basic Training – Mandatory
- The basic training is scheduled individually or in small groups at SAFIC for 2-3 days or spread over 7-10 days depending on the mutually decided schedule. This is the minimum training necessary before organising any new Center.
- SAFIC basic training covers many aspects:
- Innovative ways of teaching Sanskrit developed by SAFIC over the years
- Skills for networking with local schools and other educational institutions
- Skills for presenting the programme to the teachers, school administrators and parents
- Procedure to enroll interested students for the weekend Children’s Sanskrit Centers
Extended Training – Mandatory
- This training requires the Teacher-admin to attend two Sanskrit Workshops organised by SAFIC.
- The week-long workshops titled Spandana I and Spandana II are organised every year in January and May respectively. Brief descriptions of these workshops are given in the Appendix. Details are provided at the time of the registration for the workshop.
- Teacher-admins must attend and complete these workshops within the first year of their starting the Center.
Digital Literacy Training – Optional but Recommended
SAFIC has an ongoing Digital Literacy Program in collaboration with Gramonnati for Sanskrit and other Indian language teachers. It covers following aspects:
- Exposure to and training in various digital platforms
- Training to conduct effective online research as well as verify the reliability and credibility of the retrieved information
- Word processing training in Devanagari and other Indian language scripts
Digital literacy programme serves two key purposes:
- It facilitates the use of innovative and creative ways of teaching Sanskrit,
- It enhances the teachers’ overall competency and equip them with an important skill set which can also be an additional source of income.