About the 'Telugu School'
Telugu a Dravidian language spoken by about 95 million people mainly in the southern Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well as in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Telugu is the third-most-spoken language in the Indian subcontinent after Hindi and Bengali, 15th most-spoken language in the world.
The earliest epigraphic record of the Telugu language dates to the late 6th century CE. Telugu developed as a poetical and literary language during the 11th century. In 2008 Telugu was designated as a classical language by the Indian government.
As per UNESCO study, several Indian languages are facing the threat, unfortunately Telugu is one of them. Many people are feeling that speaking Telugu is a sign of illiteracy.
This is the sad state of the Telugu language, once known as the "Italian of the East" and lauded by the Vizianagar emperor "Sri Krishnadevaraya" who said Desabhashalandu Telugu Lessa" (Telugu is the best of Indian languages).
TLCFA is operating Telugu school once a week since last two years. TLCFA aims to promote understanding of the Telugu language and culture. The curriculum is based on the level and linguistic ability of each student.
We focus on:
- Speaking the language fluently
- Story telling
- Cultural workshops (Train children in singing, dancing, telling stories, participating in various cultural programs across Melbourne)
- Traditional Art and Crafts
- Building self confidence workshops which includes Public speaking, Leadership skills, Etiquette behaviour, Understanding and Managing Emotions etc.)