Gangtok, 19th September 2022 (IPR): National Workshop for Tribal Language Teachers was organised by Tribal Research Institute, Social Welfare Department, with the support of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. Of India in collaboration with SICB, Skill Development and Education Department, Govt. Of Sikkim at conference hall, NBBDC Gangtok, today.
The workshop commenced with the offering of a Scarf and Bouquet to the Chief Guest Shri Sanjit Kharel, Minister of Social Welfare Department, Women & Child Development Department and Buildings & Housing Department and other dignitaries followed by the lighting of a Ceremonial Lamp.
Likewise, a memento was also presented to the Chief Guest and resource persons.
Shri Kharel was accompanied by Dr I. B. S. Yadav, Joint Director, Skill Development Department, Shri Chuksung Lepcha, Additional Director, Education Department, Shri Tshewang Gyachho, SCS, Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Shri Ganesh Kumar Subba, Research Officer TRI/SWD, Shri Sonam Ongchen Bhutia, Nodal Officer, AD/TRI, Resource Persons, Language Teachers from six districts and officials from concerned line departments.
In his inaugural address, Shri Chuksung Lepcha briefed about Tribal Languages in Sikkim. He stressed the vision to actively work towards contributing to a future where Indigenous languages are spoken in homes and schools.
At the outset, the venue for workshop classes was also decided as-
Bhutia Bhawan – Bhutia & Sherpa
Skill Development Department premises- Lepcha & Tamang
Limbu Bhawan – Limbu
Shri Tshewang Gyachho, in his keynote address, spoke extensively on conducting National Workshop for Tribal Language Teachers and said that working together will always provide the right guidance to the students in the long run.
Furthermore, he said that the five-day long (19th -23rd Sept) training programme would be an enriching and fruitful experience.
The highlight of this workshop was to improve the reading and writing skills of the students and to train the newly appointed teachers with new methodologies in teaching of regional language, he added.
Chief Guest, Shri Kharel extended words of gratitude and encouraged teachers to make use of the training in preserving Tribal Languages and help students foster skills to comprehend their Indigenous languages.
Earlier in the day, Technical Session was chaired by Prof. Rosy Chamling, Head of the Department – English, Sikkim University with interactive sessions along with Prof. P. C. Pattanaik, Senior Professor and Former Head of the Department- Indian Modern Language & Literary Studies, Delhi University.
The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Shri Suman Gurung, SCS, Special Secretary, TAD Social Welfare Department.