“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.”
Children in rural areas of India very often do not have access to quality education. Especially those from poor families and lower castes. Even though according to Indian law all children have the right to free education, in practice the education they get in government schools is not good enough to help them to get out of poverty. Only a good schooling gives them a chance to change their lives and do not share the fate of their underprivileged parents.
THAT’S WHY OUR SCHOOL WAS CREATED.
SHANTI INDIA SCHOOL supports 719 of the most disadvantaged children from the Bodhgaya area:
- we provide free of charge full-time education for 628 students from kindergarten to grade 10
91 students from class 11 to 15 are supported by us to continue their intermediate and graduation studies in college or specialized institutions
Our students get average better results in board level exams comparing to children from other schools in the area. We also have many success stories of students getting their dream jobs or being admitted to good colleges after finishing our school. That’s why many more children are willing to attend SHANTI INDIA school than we are able to accept. Their hard working parents realize that the education provided by us can change their daughter’s and son’s lives.
Achievements of some of our alumni can be found here: Success Stories.
SHANTI INDIA school is fully accredited by Indian educational authorities.
02. Our way
“The time for social, emotional and ethical learning has come.”
~The Dalai Lama
We teach with the aim of opening the hearts as much as the minds.
Our core courses follow the official Indian curriculum. However we make sure our students become comprehensively educated, compassionate and ethical human beings. Classes start with 10 minutes of physical exercise followed by 10 minutes of mindfulness exercises. English is taught in small classes. Sport, dance, drawing lessons are also provided. Emphasis is stressed on the importance of developing human qualities in the respect of oneself, others and the environment.
Our teachers are trained in the SEE Learning program created by Emory University with the collaboration of the Dalai Lama, which puts the tools of neuroscience at the service of a vision of education based on fundamental values of wisdom and compassion, which appears to us to be a vital necessity in a world losing its bearings and meaning. It depends on each of us to make the world of tomorrow what we want it to be, it is our responsibility, our duty, and it is now that it is being built.
Shanti India school has one teacher for every 20 to 25 students who benefit from a personalized follow-up. Each year a meeting is held for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to advise them on their future educational plans. And against the tradition that a child of low caste does not escape her/his fate, children are encouraged to believe in a better future and their ability to build it!
03. Sponsoring students in high school and specialized institutions
On finishing class 10 students who enter secondary school (high school) must choose their specialization: Mathematics, Science, Commerce or Arts, which will be decisive for their future.
Hiring teachers to teach all these subjects after grade 10 would require financial means that our school does not have. But we do not want to leave the students on their own, so Shanti India tries to help them to continue their studies in high school, taking care of all costs: registration in high school and exams, private tuition, books, school equipment and transportation.
At the moment less than 1/3 of the students in grades 11-15 have sponsors, the remaining ones are looking forward to have one!