ESPERANTO

Introduction:

Esperanto is a global language devised, designed and presented to the world in 1887.

“The idea of Esperanto is: the foundation of a neutral language will help break down barriers between people and help everyone see each other as neighbors” – Creator of Esperanto [L. Zamenhof, 1912]

Dr Salam - Japan Esperanto Conference

Dr Salam - Japan Esperanto Conference

In 1954 the UNESCO General Conference recognised that the achievements of Esperanto match UNESCO’s aims and ideals, and official relations were established between UNESCO and UEA (Universala Esperanto Asocio). In 1985 the General Conference called on member states and international organisations to promote the teaching of Esperanto in schools and its use in international affairs.

Further comprehensive information about Esperanto can be found at:
www.uea.org
www.esperanto.net
www.lernu.net

HELPO and Esperanto:

Promotion of Esperanto is one of HELPO’s primary objectives. The name ‘HELPO’ is itself an Esperanto word meaning ‘help’ in English. HELPO promotes Esperanto in distinct ways.
- HELPO teaches Esperanto to rural children in India. This education occurs not in schools but in rural settings. Knowledge of a global language enables faster integration of rural India into the global community. Esperanto education also sparks an interest among children for learning languages and gaining general knowledge. Since the Esperanto script is Roman and the Esperanto letters are phonetic, it facilitates the learning of English, which is the second language in India.
- HELPO hosts Esperanto speakers from around the world who are interested in rural development in collaboration with HELPO. India is an affiliate of UEA, Rotterdam. In February 2008, HELPO co-organized the Asian Esperanto conference in Bangalore. Over 150 Asian and European delegates attended the week-long conference.
- HELPO conducts short training sessions in major cities and certain universities across India to promote Esperanto in India.