Dharmagarh: Around 200 school students have been trained in spoken English during the nine-day workshop on ‘Spoken English’ organised by the ‘English Support Mission’ at the Dharmagarh Secondary Training School here in Kalahandi district.
The programme, which concluded on Monday, was aimed at helping rural students excel in English on a par with their peers in English medium schools. And the English Support Mission’s initiative comes at a time when such students are losing their chances everywhere due to lack of proficiency in English.
Gracing the valedictory event Dharmgarh Block Development Officer (BDO) Ashok Bhoi highlighted the importance of learning English language and described how students in rural areas are being deprived of getting chances due to poor command over the international language.
The initiative by the English Support Mission founded by Panchanan Duria, a lecturer of English at the Kodinga College, to spread the importance of English to rural students, has been hailed by many as it could make the rural students proficient to succeed in their lives.
Duria described how the rural students restricted themselves within a small circle in their career due to the language barrier though they are technically and fundamentally sound.
Speaking on the occasion, HOD of English Department of Bhawanipatna Autonomous College Jaydev Sahu said such programme would serve as a platform to bridge the gap between rural students and English proficiency.
ABEO Nabakishore Sahu, Secondary Training School principal Jayant Kumar Mund, English Support president Bhakta Charan Bhoi, Lingaraj Pradhan, Ramakanta Nayak, Digambar Duria graced the occasion.