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SBS Sinhala at Bendigo VSL
09 August, 2018
Recently the SBS Sinhala radio program interviewed teachers and students from the Bendigo VSL center. They discussed what the community needs in Bendigo are and the importance of passing Sinhala cultural values and language to the next generation by studying Sinhala at the Victorian Schools of Languages. Devly Siriwardana, a Grade prep student sang a Sri Lankan folk song and a group song was performed by the whole class. Sanjalee Senasha - a Grade 6 student talked about how she feels attending Sinhala class at the VSL and how it has improved her existing knowledge of Sri Lankan culture and Sinhala language. Ayesha Siriwardana – the Sinhala language teacher expressed her gratitude to the VSL for the support in operating the classes from the Bendigo centre. There was also a discussion about how children in the class have multiple abilities and interests , how lessons are prepared to suit these varied abilities, how children have embraced the Sinhala language class including all the cultural items such as celebrations from Sri Lanka, traditional games, cooking and dancing. Ayesha encourages the parents and the community from Bendigo VSL to keep encouraging the children to learn the Sinhala language and all the cultural aspects as it helps children find their identity in society through pride in their background.

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