One of the tasks before the Academy was to get Konkani language taught in the schools. In the year 2001, we produced 'Konkani Kalo' a hand book for the teachers of Kindergarten, to make the children speak Konkani by looking at pictures. Necessary guidelines are given to the teachers in the book. It was published with the assistance of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.  Subsequently, the same Institute has assisted the Academy to produce a Konkani Reader Level 1. Konkani now has a place in the constitution of India and the language has now been introduced in schools as a learning subject and has been a bold step of the Academy in this direction.

A series of street plays were conducted to create awareness among people about opportunities to study Konkani as the third language.  Konkani  language is offered as third language from 2007 with the academy monitoring its implementation. About 1,800 students in 56 higher primary schools and 24 high schools had opted to study it with Kannada being the script used. The necessary books and study material had been supplied and teachers trained.  The year 2011 would mark a milestone as some SSLC students would study the language. Teachers and parents need to encourage more children to opt the language. The academy will take the lead in training teachers, printing and supplying textbooks and providing remuneration to teachers.




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