Zabaan is a private language school based in New Delhi, India which offers Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Sanskrit and English language instruction to learners of all ages and backgrounds. Zabaan is institutionally democratic and 100% instructor-owned and is staffed by both native speakers of the languages it teaches as well as instructors who have gone through the learning process themselves. Its business model has been inspired by the publications of Professor David Schweickart and his idea of Economic Democracy which outlines practical economic and business models for promoting employee ownership and participation and hence achieving a more fair and equitable economic system.
Zabaan is not affiliated with any university or larger institution that administers it from afar. All administrative and curricular decisions are made by the instructors themselves according to students’ needs and goals, and towards the aim of making their learning experience at Zabaan as effective and enjoyable as possible.
Zabaan offers public group classes, one-on-one private instruction, and online classes from its center in New Delhi. Aside from language instruction, Zabaan also creates its own learning materials for its teachers and students and provides translation services.