Event: Inaugural launch meeting of the initiative Sanskrit @ St James
On the 5th January this year, Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister addressing the delegates to the World Sanskrit Conference, said:
Like the Indian civilisation, Sanskrit does not belong to any particular race, sect or religion. Sanskrit is the spirit of India.
In addition to being the spirit of India, Sanskrit is an extremely fine classical language which offers those who study it great insights into language itself, as well as providing access to some of the finest spiritual literature available in the world. It is for these reasons that a new initiative has been launched by St James Schools, London.
You are cordially invited to join us at the inaugural public meeting of this initiative, Sanskrit @ St James, which will be held at:
The Nehru Centre
8 South Audley Street W1K 1HF
at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 30th May 2012
The inspiration for Sanskrit @ St James arose within the St James Schools as a result of the very positive results obtained over the past 37 years from teaching Sanskrit to all junior pupils as an integral part of the St James curriculum. Senior pupils at St James have the option of furthering their Sanskrit studies, and many take Sanskrit examinations at GCSE and A Levels, with some continuing to study it at university.
Sanskrit @ St James is independent of the St James Schools’ educational programme, as its aims extend to the promotion and support of the teaching of Sanskrit in schools on a global basis. In order to achieve this aim we intend to provide the following services:
- Offer Sanskrit teacher training and mentoring programmes
- Develop appropriate curricula and teaching timetables
- Increase and enhance our existing series of Sanskrit text books
- Promote the present facility of Cambridge International Sanskrit examinations
- Produce new publications and studies to ensure greater awareness of the Sanskrit language
- Provide funding for bursaries and scholarships for pupils studying Sanskrit
- Continue to provide a vibrant and informative web-site for students of Sanskrit. This may be found at www.sanskritatstjames.org.uk
This inaugural meeting on the 30th May will, we hope, be a delight to experience. There will be displays of the children’s Sanskrit work; pupils and ex-pupils will speak of the benefits of Sanskrit; academics and teachers will speak of their experience and vision, and the initial funding organisations will explain why they believe that this is a very worthy cause.
I hope we may have the pleasure of your company at this splendid occasion. Please advise us if you can attend.
Director, Sanskrit @ St James