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My wife Girija and I recently visited Isha Vidhya outside Coimbatore, on the recommendation of a friend, Deepak Satwalekar. His description was intriguing: the foundation uses three very different educational models to cater to different sections of society. What we saw turned out to be even more exceptional than Deepak had described.
Isha Rural Schools:
There are 6 Isha Rural Schools active today, with plans to set up at least 20 more in Tamil Nadu. These schools were set up with the intention of equipping rural children with the skills, knowledge and confidence to survive.
Given that speaking English and computer skills are the basis of life in the 21st century, the school uses English as a medium for education and complements the classroom work with video and computer-based learning. Since medium-sized English schools are not entitled to state funding, Isha is mainly dependent on donations, in addition to modest reimbursements from parents.
We have visited many government-run and private schools, but what struck us at the Isha schools was the atmosphere of fun, curiosity, energy and enthusiasm. The teachers were dedicated and well-trained and supported children to help them learn at their own pace. These schools will undoubtedly produce capable students with basic life skills and a preference for lifelong learning.
Isha Home School:
The Home School, in the Isha Yoga Center, is comparable to a first-class international school, where children pay the full amount. Students are assigned to "houses" where house parents (usually a couple) take care of them in every way possible. Each house is a complete floor with dormitories for boys and girls and a common room where children come together to learn.
Up to the 5th standard, the class follows the Montessori method - combining children of different ages and providing tools to stimulate each child's innate urge to learn instead of imposing information or knowledge in traditional, the lesson dominated instruction.
Afternoon sessions are focused on art, crafts and sports. Outside class 5, the students go to subjects per subject, whereby they are only exposed to the board exams on time.
According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the visionary behind Isha Vidhya, "we will ensure that the child is exposed to every little thing in life. He must know how to repair a bicycle. He must know how to milk a cow - he must know everything ".
Interestingly, the Home School does not allow computers in classes, instead relies on traditional methods of library research. The family parent we met said that these children all have access to their own computers and already know how to google each topic; it is more valuable to teach them alternative, more creative research paths.
There is no doubt that Isha Home School will provide its students with the solid foundation they need to be the best in their lives - productive, responsible and contributing members of the world.
Sanskriti, based on the traditional Indian model of & # 39; Gurukulas & # 39 ;, is a completely different model of intensive and comprehensive education aimed at promoting excellence in different areas. We could not visit this school ourselves, but were informed by one of the parents of the Isha Home School house whose daughter is a student from Sanskriti.
The children here are subject to a strict schedule of early morning yoga and meditation, combined with traditional subjects such as language, mathematics, sciences and social studies. Hands-on experience in agriculture, dairy farming, together with intensive training in music, dance and art, make this a unique and exclusive educational experience. All in all, Isha Vidhya is truly innovative in the choice of models and has left its mark on education in India.