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Children receive certificates for participating in ConnectMums contest marking International Mother Language Day
A group of Indian mums held a competition to encourage their children to speak their mother tongues.
ConnectMums, an organisation for Indian women living in the UK, held the event at the Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End.
A total of 12 children took part, with each contestant reciting a poem, reading a passage, or singing a song in their parents' native tongue.
All the participants were aged between seven and nine and they spoke languages including Hindi, Tamil and Marathi.
Subha Ganesh, 31, of Lyndhurst Avenue in Pinner, is the founder and director of the group and said a lot of children do not realise how easy a language is to learn when they are young.
She said: “It was really good because a lot of the children were encouraged to speak their own language more often.
“My son told me he never thought it was so easy.”
The children performed in front of a panel of judges who assessed how fluently they spoke and how well they understood what they said.
Joint first prize was awarded to seven-year-old Sarvesh Kausik and eight-year-old Nirmay Jadhav but everyone who took part received a certificate.
A special prize was given to four-year-old Shaunak Gupta because he was the youngest contestant.
Mrs Ganesh added: “It was good for the children to feel appreciated for speaking their mother language and we hope they keep using it.”
The contest was held on on Saturday March 9 to mark International Mother Language Day held on February 21 of every year.