Tamil school students excelled at the World Youth Invention and Innovation Award; Tamil school student Viswaa Palani set a new Malaysia Book of Records; and Tamil school students won big at the International Science Olympiad Competition of Southeast Asia.
Our Tamil school students are accomplishing more and more things today. Even though we are happy to hear news about our Tamil school students, it is also sad.
Even though we are pleased to hear about our Tamil school students, it is upsetting to learn that enrollment in Tamil schools is decreasing. Why are Tamil School Admissions are getting lesser and on a downward trend after achieving so many honors and recognition?
In Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil, there were previously an infinite number of Tamil students compared to today. But why are there fewer Tamil students in Tamil-language schools? As is well known, Tamil is the primary language taught in government-funded primary schools in Malaysia. Malaysian Indians make up the majority of attendees. In the Malaysian educational system, Tamil primary schools are referred to as “National-type (Tamil) Schools in Malay [Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan] (Tamil)”. They follow the same national curriculum as all other government schools, with Malay and English being required subjects. The remaining subjects are taught in Tamil, with the exception of Science and Mathematics, which are taught in either Tamil or English depending on the school and grade level.
Indian parents enroll their children in Tamil schools in Malaysia so that they can learn about Hindu culture, including its history, traditions, and language, as well as to improve their speaking and writing skills. However, everything went smoothly and nicely up until the parents’ mentality changed. Parents started to worry that if their kids went to a Tamil school, they wouldn’t get a good education and a job. This concern came up because, in today’s economy, the majority of employers ask applicants for jobs whether they can speak or write Mandarin. Due to this, the majority of Indian parents were hesitant to enroll their kids in Tamil schools. They became concerned for their child’s future as a result they sent them to a Chinese school.
Here, we look at 9 important benefits of learning Tamil.
- You can truly experience new cultures
Understanding a region’s language gives you access to a much deeper and more comprehensive understanding of that region’s culture. More than anything else, I’ve learned that people’s communication styles are how cultural challenges express themselves. The best way to learn about Tamil culture is through conversation with others.
- Feed your brain
It is undeniable that learning a second language has many advantages for the brain. People who are multilingual have better listening, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities as well as better memory and attention spans. Learning Tamil will improve your creativity and adaptability, enabling you to switch jobs more quickly and keep an eye on environmental changes.
- You communicate better in general
I’ve found that since learning Tamil, I can express myself more clearly. I frequently struggle to express a thought in Tamil and must resort to using different words. I’ve improved my general communication skills as a result of this. Having said that, it’s been fascinating to notice how well I understand my native tongue before speaking Tamil in the middle of a learning process.
- Extend connection with the Tamil culture.
Language is the direct link between various cultures. Knowing the Tamil language allows us to become more familiar with and to develop a greater respect for the cultures, religions, arts, and histories of the Tamil-speaking people. Research shows that children who have studied another language are more receptive to and have more positive feelings towards the culture associated with the Tamil language. More understanding builds greater tolerance, empathy, and compassion of others.
- Learn to be more compassionate of others and to overcome cultural divides.
Culture-specific judgement is most commonly caused by intercultural misunderstandings. Tamil, compared to many other languages, is built in a way which allows it to quietly unite the entire world and give its speakers perspective. Studying Tamil not only makes you more aware of current cultural differences but also enables you to understand their causes and the importance of respecting those from other cultures.
- Boost your confidence
Making mistakes is a part of learning a new language, especially when doing so in front of others, as every language learner knows how to. because it’s a necessary part of learning! Learning a new language requires you to make an effort and taking chances. Plus, talking with someone in their native tongue will give you a sense of achievements.
- You are exposed to new ideas
Tamil understanding of a language broadens the mind in a variety of ways, particularly in terms of exposure to fresh viewpoints.
- Gain perspective
Learning about Tamil culture makes us more conscious of both the good and bad aspects of our society. You might start to appreciate what you have more and want to change things up.
Our Tamil students continue to make significant progress. There are multiple benefits when utilising Tamil. However, some of them are afraid to accept it. Who will believe it and support it if we ourselves don’t believe it and do so? Your children will succeed more if you send them to Tamil-schools. So, let’s alter your perception of Tamil schools from today onwards.
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