As a first time initiative the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Peter Thumma, and the parishioners of the Shrine of Our Lady of Light have endeavored to start “Spoken English” classes within the parish. This is to address a very real need of the underprivileged parishioners and also the people living in the neighborhood. The classes are free of charge.
The classes commenced on 2nd May 2016 and ended on 12th May 2016. The day starts at 9am with a prayer and action song and finishes at 1pm. Post graduate students from the English department of Stella Maris College are the teachers who are helping us teach the students. Around 50 students have registered. They have been put into batches of Stds 5, 6 & 7, Stds 8 & 9, Stds 10, 11 & 12 and a group of adults.
The long term goal is to make this an ongoing programme within the parish and without, so that children or adults, as the case may, be would not be found lacking eligibility, just because they do not have the English language speaking skills.