Sara Hossain who is a year 6 student was recently awarded the Minister Award from the Department of Education and Ministry for her excellence in community language Bangla. We spoke to her to know more about her success in Bangla learning. Here is Sara’s inspiring interview with us.
1. What is your full name?
My name is Sara Hossain
2. Where and what do you study?
I study in Epping West Public School and in Bangla Academy as my Bangla Language School.
3. Which grade are you studying now?
4. Could you please tell us about your family? About your parents and siblings.
I have an older sister and a younger brother. My sister’s name is Asha and my brother’s name is Abeer. I also have my mum and my dad who help me to learn Bangla and also help me with my education.
5. Recently you have gotten a ministerial excellence award on community language Bangla, could you please tell us a bit about the award? What was the award for?
I have been studying Bangla since before kindergarten for 7 years. This year I got selected for the ministerial award for the Bangla language which was presented to me by the department of education.
6. What was your reaction after getting the award?
I was very happy as it was the highest award among all other awards that the department of education present for the community language.
7. How did you learn Bangla?
Before I started the school my parents used to help me learn Bangla because they used to talk to me in Bangla and that’s how I started to learn and then I came to Bangla Academy Australia to learn even more especially the reading and writing part in Bangla.
8. Who inspires you the most to learn Bangla?
My parents, especially my dad.
9. Do you think it is important to know Bangla? Why do you think so?
Yes, it is important to learn Bangla as it is my mother language. Also, this way I can learn about the history of Bangladesh which I think is very important for all of us.
10. Are you able to speak, read and write in Bangla?
Yes I do.
11. In a scale of 1 to 5, how would you mark yourself in terms of knowledge in Bangla language?
I would mark myself between 3-4.
12. How did Bangla Academy Australia help you learning the language?
I go to classes every week so then I can always practice my Bangla skills and then I also get my homework which I do Monday-Friday.
13. Have you heard of Sangbad Australia before?
Yes I do. My dad sometimes talks about it. It’s a newspaper which has been running online and now going to its print edition.
14. What do you think about a community newspaper in English?
I think it’s a good idea because then people from the English background who can’t read Bangla also understand what’s going on in the Bangladeshi community. Also it will help someone like me who was born in Australian and finds it easier reading in English rather than Bangla to know more about our community in Australia.
15. How often do you pick up a newspaper and read it?
If I see a newspaper lying on the table in our house then I will sometimes open it and read stories. I normally read English newspaper and will sometimes look at the stories in Bangla newspaper.
16. Do you think, you will read Sangbad Australia because it’s in English?
Yes. I will enjoy reading it since it is in English.
17. Would you be interested to participate in Sangbad? If yes, describe the opportunity.
Yes I would. Maybe writing stories about Bangladesh.
18. Do you know what is 16th December?
It’s a special date. Oh yes I remember it is the Victory Day for Bangladesh.
19. What would be your message to the young Bangla language learners?
I would tell them it is good to learn Bangla because it will help them to communicate with grandparents and with many of their relatives who don’t understand English. It also helps reading about Bangladesh and its heritage which I think is important for all of us to know.