Important Notice regarding Coronavirus Pandemic
Please note due to the coronavirus pandemic, all physical Gujarati school classes are currently closed. We are running virtual online classes instead.
Dear members, parents, grandparents and adorable children,
We have had the most challenging four months of our lifetime, caught up in the coronavirus epidemic, self-isolation, with or without jobs, economically unstable, education drawn down to a standstill with the closure of schools in March.
I take pride in announcing that we have created history for OAUK by revolutionising the mode of teaching Gujarati, starting virtual Gujarati teaching lessons for the students who attend our schools on Friday evening or Saturday mornings. This has created an enormous amount of work for the teachers, to prepare their lessons using different resources and presenting them to the children in a fun based, effective learning of the language.
This work has been brought to fruition with the help of Ashishbhai Patani, IT volunteer, Malaben, Personal development EC Trustee, myself, the Area Chairs Pareshbhai (South), Shailanbhai (North), Shejalben (West) and Nileshbhai (North West), as well as the Education Portfolio Holders, Nipunbhai (South), Kunteshbhai (North), Maheshbhai (West) and Navinbhai Kamani (North West}.
We are deeply thankful to our teachers for taking up this challenge and it has been a huge learning curve for all. All this has been possible with the unity and dedication of the whole Education team, spending endless hours training themselves and others. We now have 23 classes running, most of them on Saturday morning, except one on Friday evening. North area has started adult, conversational, reading and writing classes. We hope to carry on with the virtual classes until such a time as the government uplifts all restrictions.
PROSPECTIVE PARENTS AND CHILDREN
We look forward to more children and parents participating with our schools, and take up Gujarati learning. Videos of all schools are below to give you some insight.
For those who did not join us on the day, the webcast can still be accessed via link on you tube. The webcast showcased two essential factors about learning our mother tongue
1. What can be accomplished by learning Gujarati. Please click on the link for our website video on You tube from the 11th July 2020 Open morning webcast. This will give you reasons why we should learn Gujarati , primarily, to stay connected with the great grandparents, revive our culture, and retain our legacy.
2. The second presentation on the website was to give a brief outline of how our 4 Gujarati schools are run, their achievements , the teaching methods and resources used for learning Gujarati. In addition to this, it highlights what children are taught, apart from the language. Cultural activities, celebration of festivals, our traditions, insight into our origins from India, morals, prarthana, indian music and instruments by some schools.
Meet the Chairperson
Education Chairperson & Trustee
Virtual Open Day Video
Key contact details for our Gujarati Schools
North West School
Avanti House Primary, Common Road, Stanmore, HA7 3JB
Head teacher: Anjanaben Shah
Contact person: Navinchandra Kamani & Neera Shah
Age range: 3 to 14 years
Timing: Saturday 9.15am to 11.15am
Virtual classes being run till December 2020
Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, N12 9EY
Head teacher: Neelamben Jadhav
Contact person: Kuntesh Shah
Age range: 3 years to Adults
Timing: Saturday 9.30am to 12.30am (additional curriculum classes 11.30am to 12.30pm)
Virtual classes being run till December 2020
Parents seeking admission for their children, please contact the school as per details above. Please note first term classes will be held on Zoom until regulations are relaxed and availability of schools we hire for Saturday mornings. Apply soon so that a place can be reserved for your child into the appropriate class.
Oshwal Gujarati School Videos
Oshwal Adult Gujarati Virtual Classes
We are starting a new adult class to learn Gujarati. This will be an ideal opportunity for young parents, young adults, Gujarati or non- Gujarati adults, geographically disadvantaged to attend a school, to join us and attend this once a week, evening session in a virtual classroom.
The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, term times . It will enable you to speak in our language, read and write and be able to communicate and listen to our elders. The course will start from basics, use all four skills.
An introductory offer of £50 has been kept to pay for the online setup and other resources required, facilitated by OAUK Committee to help our community. Any small funds we may collect will go towards Education for the school outings etc.
Please contact me for class details. We will start in September as per poster details. Work will be sent by email. Application forms are on the website.
P.S. Please note this class is not the class already running by North Area school. All the students from the school will not be eligible to join this class.