Juneli School of Nepali Language and Culture

 

Nepali School for Children has been operational since 2004. This is one of the effective and self-sustaining programs of NECASE. Many batches of children have successfully graduated from the program. This program has contributed significantly to maintaining the Nepali Language and culture among the new generation of children and youths. The class is held at NECASE Centre for an hour and a half every Sunday except during long weekends, spring and summer break, and an hour for dance and music class.

The Nepali School has been running under the guidance of the NECASE Board and the Juneli School Council. Currently, 3 Nepali language teachers, a music teacher in collaboration with MusicBox (the students volunteer from UofA to teach music), a dance teacher, and a few student volunteers are devoted to teaching the Nepali language to children of different skill levels. Teachers are engaging children in learning through different activities while having fun at the same time. These activities include both in-class and outside extra activities. Some of the activities include storytelling, show and tell, field visits, family Christmas potluck, etc. for the Nepali language, musical instrument playing for specific songs for musical performance with knowledge of music, patterns, and musical notes, and engaging in Nepali dancing where children can show off their performance in heritage event like heritage festival.  In addition, children will have opportunities to learn and participate in several festivals and events such as Saraswoti Pooja, Buddha Jayanti, Deusi Bhailo, etc organized by Nepali School.

The School has always been a primary source of cultural performances in major NECASE events and celebrations.  Coordinating with volunteer instructors, Nepali School has been organizing separate classes for music and dance for interested children. The music and dance classes are planned to run every week on the same day as of Nepali Class. Interested children within our community are more than welcome to ride on our journey.

Since COVID-19 issues arose in March 2020, without breaking our classes, we geared up to move into online classes via Google Classroom still in use when Juneli School sees the necessities, especially for weather concerns. The teachers are well-versed in Nepali language class learning experience for your child, however, dance and music may not be feasible, if unforeseen circumstances occur. In-person classes started on January 8, 2023, after COVID-19 and the journey continued to date. Student and Parent volunteers are engaged for assistance in language learning and operation tasks to be carried out for daily class operations

With the rapidly increasing Nepali population in the city, more children are expected to participate and benefit from the program. If your children are 6 years of age or older and if you are interested in bringing your children please email us at juneli.school@necase.ca.

Indu Dahal
Principal
Juneli School of Nepali Language and Culture
Nepalese Canadian Society of Edmonton (NECASE)
5624 53 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 3K1
Email: juneli.school@necase.ca
Web: https://necase.ca
School Web: https://junelischool.necase.ca

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