The brilliant students from Magizham Poo Tamil School in Ipoh, Perak, have made history as the first ever Tamil school in the nation to have the most students recite Avvayar’s Aathichudi with its precise meaning. The Aathichudi is one of the oldest texts in Tamil classical literature and dates back to the 12th Century. It is a compilation of quotes that direct one on how to live a principled life while also being used as a method to teach young children Tamil vowel letters.
The school had organised this necessary educational event so the younger generation could understand and participate in the cultural, linguistic, and identity production of their ancient ethno-linguistic literatures. The hardworking teachers had dedicated 109 students to each remember one of the 109 Aathichudis. Each student got up on stage and confidently recited one Aathichudi along with its precise definition. This much-needed event was organised by both the Parent-Teacher Association and The Amazing Malaysian Book of Records.
Students are all born to succeed. We, the educators of this institute, view each and every student as someone with great potential to succeed. In order for students to express these potentials, teachers, parents, the Parent Teacher Association, board committees, and the general public should all join hands and work towards the development of student potential.
– Kokilavaani Muniyaandi, Headmistress of Magizham Poo Tamil School
All of the 109 students who took part in this event were awarded a medal and certificate from the Amazing Malaysian Book of Records. The school was also awarded the official Amazing Malaysian Book of Records Award for being the first Tamil school to have most people recite the Aathicudi entirely, along with its definitions. This is truly a great initiative by the educators, parents, and involved parties as a way in which to appreciate classical literary Tamil texts and the passing on of knowledge to young students about their ethno-linguistic heritage.
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