Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation have been in the forefront in initiating Konkani as the third language in schools of Karnataka. Government of Karnataka has introduced Konkani as a subject and provided Text Books. Due to lack of qualification avenues to Konkani Teachers it has not provided grants to schools for appointing Konkani Language teachers.
Foundation work towards this issue in two parallel tracks and hopes to achieve “Govt Grants to Schools to appoint Konkani Teachers” with in a well planned time frame.
- WKC Teacher Grant to Schools to Introduce Konkani Language.
- Project for Developing Resource Material For Konkani Methodology Of Teaching To Be Introduced Into D.Ed Syllabus.
1. WKC Teacher Grant to Schools to Introduce Konkani Language.
Though Government of Karnataka has introduced Konkani as a subject (optional third language 6th Std onwards) in the schools of a few districts of Karnataka, it is not giving any Grants to appoint teachers for Teaching of Konkani. This has been an obstacle in promoting Konkani language in the schools.
Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation has initiated a project to appoint Konkani teachers to teach Konkani in schools managed by Konkani people in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.
Beginning 2010-2011 academic year, Foundation will appoint 10 Teachers on a trial basis and lend their services to Konkani management schools. The teachers will be given regular training, coaching on monthly basis. These teachers will not only teach Konkani language but also train the students in Konkani art and culture i.e. singing, dance and acting in Konkani drama etc.
This scheme will involve (i.) World Konkani Centre, (ii.) Management Associations and School Managements. Though World Konkani Centre will appoint the teachers and disburse monthly salaries, School Managements look after the discipline, attendance, quality of teaching and attitude of the teacher allotted to their schools.
2. Project for Developing Resource Material For Konkani Methodology Of Teaching To Be Introduced Into D.Ed Syllabus.
This project is looking at establishing an academic base to Konkani in School Education System. The Teacher Education dimension of Konkani Language is evolved afresh and strengthened adequately through a systematic scholastic exercise. In order to achieve this, a series of thinking is prescribed which could be treated as a Road Map for setting up disciplinary status to Konkani Teaching Methodology in Teacher Training Institutes and thus pave the way for producing efficient Konkani Teachers.
Foundation has set the ball in rolling with preliminary meeting with scholars and academicians. A series of Workshops will be organized to develop the Resource Material for Konkani Teaching Methodology.