Report: Children’s Spoken Sanskrit Course, 2020

Between April 10th and June 14th, 2020 – when most schools in the UK had announced a closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic that was sweeping across the world and the UK government (like most governments) had announced a lockdown, Samskrita Bharati UK announced a beginners’ Saṃskṛta Sambhāṣana Varga (spoken sanskrit course) for children.

The idea was to start small with one or two batches of 20 students each. However the news appeared to have gone viral and within the span of a few days we had about 250 registrations from parents all across the UK wanting their child to attend the course.

The course was offered for free (thanks to a closely knit team of volunteers of Samskrita Bharati UK working together to spread interest in this most revered ancient language of India).

The entire course was therefore divided into 14 groups of roughly 20 students each, based on the ages of the students attending (7 to 18 years), and they were taught by six teachers online over a videoconference call, each teacher doing multiple batches every week.

Due to the efforts of the teachers and the interest shown by the students, they made steady progress over the course of about 8 weeks.

Towards the end of the course, a Samāropa Kāryakrama (valedictory session) was held on 14th June – and chief guests from Samskrita Bharati USA and Samskrita Bharati India kindly consented to deliver speeches on why learning Sanskrit is important for children. The program also featured performances from children of all 14 batches.

The entire 14th June Samāropa Kāryakrama program was video-recorded and is available below for your viewing.

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