Our campaign to save Gujarati GCSE and A-Level qualifications was an important first step, but it is now vital that we keep up the pressure on the Government to provide support to the community organisations that are running the weekend schools where the majority of Gujarati students are taught.
Will you join me and sign this open letter to Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, to ask for a commitment of support to weekend Gujarati schools.
Once you have signed, please share with friends and family, so that we can demonstrate just how many people value the future teaching of Gujarati.
Dear Damian Hinds,
Britain has a significant number of Gujarati speaking families. A couple of years ago, when the Exam Board threatened to axe them, we launched a successful campaign to save Gujarati GCSE and A Levels.
It is vital that the future generations continue to be able to study Gujarati. Saving Gujarati GCSE and A Level qualifications was an important first step, but we must continue to examine ways in which we can further support the dedicated community organisations that have been running the weekend schools, where the majority of students learning Gujarati are taught.
The community organisations that we represent and who tend to provide this service, need more support to find affordable local premises to operate these weekend schools. We are finding that this has become increasingly more challenging as mainstream schools tend to charge more to try and address their own severe funding pressures. If we are to protect Gujarati teaching for future generations, Gujarati teachers, who are often volunteering their time, also need financial assistance for professional development.
Gujarati is the first language of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and with much talk about a post-Brexit UK-India trade deal, is an important form of communication for enhancing the UK-India relationship.
We urge you to look in to how the Government can further support weekend Gujarati schools financially to help protect the future teaching of Gujarati in the UK.
Gareth Thomas MP