Migrants

Govt to Launch ‘Hamari Malayalam’ Book for Migrant Workers

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority will bring out a textbook for migrant labourers in an attempt to teach them Malayalam.

Titled “Hamari Malayalam” (Our Malayalam), the textbook will be launched by Education Minister C. Raveendranath at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district where there is a large population of migrant workers in the State.

The initiative is expected to be beneficial for around 25 lakh workers, who have come to Kerala for various jobs from States like West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

Literacy Mission Director P.S. Sreekala said the book has been designed for the benefit of these workers to interact freely with local people in Malayalam.

She said the Mission’s objective is to make migrant labourers competent in reading and writing Malayalam; though many of them can already speak broken Malayalam. According to her, by teaching them Malayalam, the Mission is aiming to end the social exclusion of such people.

“Hamari Malayalam” comprises 25 chapters dealing with various topics ranging from hygiene, health and technology to rights of workers and ethical values.

The chapters would be in the format of dialogues, set in various backdrops like bank, school, market and so on.

The Literacy Mission would launch the initiative in Perumbavoor first and later extend it to selected places in all districts.

The programme is targeted at those above 15 years. The classes would be conducted in their colonies, besides libraries, local schools and other State-run institutions, according to officials.