2 Fremont,CA Schools To Teach Hindi
India-West Staff Reporter
FREMONT, CA – Two public schools here will pilot Hindi in its curriculum for the 2024-25 school year. The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board voted 4-1 on January 17 to launch the program.
The city which has one of the highest concentrations of Indian Americans in California has two schools Horner Middle School and Irvington High Schools where the majority of the children are from the community and where the program will be implemented.
During the meeting, FUSD board members Vivek Prasad, Sharon Coco, Larry Sweeney, and President Yajing Zhang showed strong support for the proposal, citing the welfare of students as a major factor in their decision, a press release said.
The district had “received many families requesting that we offer a new world language program pathway, Hindi world language (WL), as part of the options for students to access within the school district program.”
“I look at the demand, and I look at the value that this Hindi offering will produce for the community … for me it’s a no-brainer,” said Trustee Vivek Prasad, endorsing the pilot.
“If this is successful and if other schools want to offer Hindi, they will be able to in the future… so at this moment in time I’m in favor,” was the response of Trustee Sharon Coco, highlighting her commitment to the student community of FUSD.
“I’m positive that it (pilot) will go to all high schools and all middle schools, and they will embrace it,” stated Trustee Larry Sweeney in support of the proposal.
“Who do we serve?” asked President Yajing Zhang, “Students! And so do we serve the students’ interest if there is huge evident demand for this class?”.