Students who learned Japanese at a school run by Zilla Parishad in a remote village in the Aurangabad District of Maharashtra have received help directly from the Land of the Rising Sun.
A Tokyo-based professor has mailed out several books to help these students learn Japanese better.
The village of Gadiwat, about 25 km from the city of Aurangabad, was brought into focus after students from the local ZP school learned Japanese and spoke this foreign language via a social media platform.
Last September, the school decided to start a foreign language program where students in grades 4 through 8 were asked to choose a language they would like to learn. Most of them chose Japanese because of their interest in robotics and technology.
A local Japanese expert then began teaching Japanese online for free. 70 students are currently learning the language.
Speaking to PTI, Ramesh Thakur, ZP Education Extension Officer said, “A professor named Prashant Pardeshi from the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, who has lived in Japan for 25 years, learned about this initiative and decided to help these children learn the foreign language better learn. ““ Pardeshi phoned me for details about the project and sent six books on Marathi and Japanese languages. We have received the books that contain a Japanese Marathi dictionary, translated story books, and books on grammar and other texts, ”he said.
According to Thakur, the ZP has now decided to expand the Japanese teaching project to four other schools in the district.
“An orientation class was organized for 35 students from four other schools who want to study Japanese,” he said.