Migrant labourers learn Malayalam with the help of native tutors
Mananthavadi (Wayanad): Migrant labourers from northern states are flocking to Kerala for daily wage works. Language barrier is one of the major challenges they face here. Most of them speak Hindi. To make communication smoother, the Keralites have started learning Hindi and the labourers also need to know a little Malayalam.
When a group of migrant labourers found it hard to grasp the southern language, they sought the help of LETS Education Foundation in Tharuvana here. They requested to teach a few sentences and words used in daily life here for survival.
The institution provided personality training and motivation classes and the tutors agreed to help them further. They offered classes without charging any fee and a classroom also was arranged. A total of 40 migrant labourers are attending the classes now. Most of them are working as painters and workers at construction sites.
Now the classrooms in the institution resonate with Malayalam rhymes and songs. The tutors teach simple sentences like ‘this is an elephant, that is a fly’ and the learners repeat it. The 1.5-hour long class is held every Sunday. The classes are progressing successfully for two weeks.
LETS Foundation secretary Jabir Kaipani said that first training is given to improve speaking skills. Reading and writing skills are developed later. More workers are approaching on knowing about the language training. Those who attend the classes seem to learn faster, he said.