A website which intends to teach Nepali children born in the United States to read and write the Nepali language, has been launched.
The creator of the free website sabdamala.com, Shailesh Ghimire, said that although his intention had been to help children learn Nepali, the website would benefit everyone. He added that he considered it a major tragedy that while many parents abroad teach their children to speak Nepali, the written language is grossly neglected and that he had decided to design the course to rectify the situation.
Sabdamala.com has an online video series, complete with homework assignments and lesson plans, and is free to anyone who signs up. It currently has 20 lessons plans, each lesson plan covering two letters, and 20 homework assignments to go with each lesson plan.
All the videos are in English, so that they are relevant to children who are unfamiliar with spoken Nepali.