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EDUCATION

We, at Srujanavani, believes Education is the only area where we have to invest our resources, to reap the benefits of the humankind in addressing societal maladies. As the old proverb says”Teach the hungry how to fish rather than feeding them with the fish”. We need not explain the essence of its meaning. As it goes, Education is the paramount requirement of all the solutions.

Then what is this Education all about? Does this so called existing Education system is competent enough to prepare socially responsible pupil for coming future. In answering the above, millions launched into this system to contribute their part but are these little steps in education help solving the exponentially swelling problems? Honestly we say NO. We feel that this is not enough and at the same time believe that our agenda is not to raise questions but to shoulder the responsibility, following the foot steps laid by educational pioneers in propelling change towards utopian India. The collective response of the Srujanavani to the present education is which, what we do and say today.

What we are Today………

We are involved in various initiatives which are believed to be important for the Child to explore the full internal potential to dwell into the complex world. Thus our major initiatives are:

  1. Saastra : An informative and interactive program to kindle scientific temper, to educate about career options. An initiative wherein we conduct workshops at schools where children experiment, touch, see and feel science and its fundamental laws. The workshops are structured to include information about various career choices after school.
  2. Summer Camps : These are the week long science workshops conducted for the school children in the vacations with the view to engage them in a more productive way of learning, exploring and experience the science.
  3. Srujana : The participative program with the Govt. and Municipal schools initiated by us, in urban areas, with the view to enhance the Quality and the Objective of the education. We have conducted various competitions to nurture the growth among children. Setting up of libraries, helping poor children are also some initiatives in this project.
  4. Yuvakiran : The project undertaken under the Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) to address the educational needs of the rural children. In this, we are working with the Govt hostels (which are abodes of the large spectrum of less privileged children) to improve the awareness levels about various issues pertaining to the children and make them confident enough to compete with the external world.
  5. Sreekaram : An initiative launched in the Shankaram panchayath, Madugula mandal, Visakhapatnam to bring down the drop - out rate in tribal villages and with a motive to spread the concept that “None should be deprived of education”. We set up two alternate schools for children in the two tribal hamlets to cater the needs of five remote villages’. These schools helped us in checking the drop-out rates. Our volunteers are assisting the Vidya volunteers recruited by Govt. in improving Quality standards.
  6. Youth Awareness Program : This is a Srujanavani initiative evolved with a motive to channelize the randomly oriented youth towards the path of building indomitable nation strong on values and ethics. In this process to make them aware of their strengths to conquer their self and to turn out themselves as a social conscious being.
  7. Vidyanidhi : This is a Fund created to support the financial requirements of the deprived Children and the youth in the process of fulfilling their Educational dreams. We identify the needy wherever they are and support them with generosity we have been receiving from many philanthropists and the foundations like RAVA group etc. The beneficiaries will be nurtured by our unique mentorship program, wherein each beneficiary will be mentored by our member.

Besides all these projects, we respond to the situations and calls from the society requirements. In these lines we have conducted E-learning program for the Shankaram panchayath youth under the IRDP for skill set development. And Smart Kidz challenge, an initiative for the School going children of the Visakhapatnam, to retrieve the hidden talents from them.

Way ahead………………………….

By standing in the field of Education, we continuously strive in restoring that education system, envisaged by our great educational pioneers. Drawing inspiration from Swami Vivekananda words, we interpret the present day educational requirements as follows.

We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.
- Swami Vivekananda.

Here, strength of mind doesn’t reflect the ability to memorize volumes of information; rather it reflects the ability to handle challenging situations with an unflinching mindset.

Intellect doesn’t stand for the ability to interpret a long and complicated computer program; rather it stands for the ability to make judicious decisions that result in socially conscious solutions.

Standing on one’s own feet doesn’t point to the ability to earn comfortably and spend luxuriantly; rather it points to the ability to think independently and challenge the conventional norms that are deemed to be extinct.

Though it is obvious that education is the backbone of any nation, it is unfortunate that our Governments have left the quality aspect of the education in the hands of the private and corporate domain keeping the quantity aspect in its hands. It is alarming that many private institutions are exploiting this slack to benefit from the tawdry dreams and instincts of the parents who see material development in the World as real development; and it is sad that the very few unconventional thinkers fear being stigmatized and learn to adjust. It does not need an expert to note that the major stake holders, the students, and their interests are ignored in this race to corporate educational supremacy.

To note a few, these young students’ minds are tuned to race for ranks, are stretched to endure longer tutorial hours to learn concepts by hearted while not being provided play fields for physical and mental rejuvenation and not having practical sessions to experiment and explore the depth and breadth of scientific education. Even if some better schools exist they limit themselves to the upper fiscal realm of the society, making it almost impossible for the majority of the society. Can we try to handle this scenario in a better way? Instead of blaming parents, can we provide that ‘right school’ where the student feels secure and explores the myriad possibilities that are on offer? Can we make a school which is within the fiscal realm and imagination of parents as a provider of accessible and career defining educational institute? These compelling issues have motivated us to shoulder the responsibility of setting up an education institute – the Srujanavani Vidyapeeth - to show the way forward in field of education.

And here we march ahead to bring Srujanavani Vidyapeeth into reality.


OUR VISION

‘If we all understand the needs of the present day, we must see that any new schools founded by us fulfill the following conditions: That their courses are both lively and varied, and nourish the heart as well as the intellect : that no disunity or discord disrupts the minds of our young; and that education doesn’t become something unreal, heavy and abstract with which the pupils are concerned only for those school hours when they are at school.’
- ‘Viswakavi’ Rabindranath Tagore in “Towards Universal Man”.

The vision is to create a school for which the Viswakavi is advocating for. Thus our vision is to foster a society in which every child from the school will become a Universal man with no bias towards any particular creed but for only the ultimate truth.

To equip him with

  1. a strong mind to deal with the gales of disturbing thoughts,
  2. a strong intellect to face the critical challenges of life,
  3. a strong conviction to conquer the world by his selfless love and
  4. a strong bondage with the every being in the nature to spread the harmony.

He is the one who leads the nation into a place where there is no disharmony, no terror strikes, no exploitations, no caste and creed disparities, no racism and no starvation for food.

OUR MISSION

At Srujanavani, Our mission is to create a contemporary and dynamic school where in the children gain a self personal accomplishment, self-confidence and love for life-long learning. SV creates the best environment suitable for fostering critical thinking through enquiry process which helps in developing a solid and competitive foundation for their future endeavours, be it schooling or any other.

We follow a holistic approach, inspiring young minds and challenging young individuals to achieve their intellectual and personal potential within a caring environment, paying attention to the balanced overall development of a child, caring about them and who they will become tomorrow. Through continuous engagement the student is constantly motivated to excel in the field of choice and for this purpose it is envisaged to encourage as much of the parent involvement as possible.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe the Guru-shishya relation rather than teacher-student relation is the main fluid that circulates all over in the education system of the Srujanavani vidyapeeth.

Education comprises of two types, Vidya and Avidya. Vidya means knowledge of the inner world whereas Avidya means knowledge of the outer world. SV gives equal importance to both. Our curriculum blends the Western’s material knowledge with Eastern’s spiritual knowledge so that the child’s natural effervescence flourishes to the level where he reaches beyond any nation’s boundary. The growth of the child consists of five aspects namely physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.

  1. Physical development : Our curriculum demands a healthy physical body for which Yoga has been taken as a standard practice to maintain it. Besides Yoga, several outdoor and indoor games will be included in the curriculum.
  2. Mental development : Academics alone don’t constitute education. It’s just a part of it. Academics will be taught by prevalent best practices. The class room environment will be made conducive for the open questioning balanced by the good rapport between the Guru and shishya. Students will be subjected to practical scenarios in which they have to respond by using their mental strength.
  3. Emotional development : The most disregarded concept of emotional intelligence in the present education system will be suitably taken care of. This EI will also equip the child to develop soft skills to face the dynamic global challenges. Various avenues will be provided in the forms like dances, skits and plays to express the inner self.
  4. Social development : Man is a social being and his interactions with various social institutions decide the destiny of the human evolution. Every student will be provided the opportunity of interacting with various institutions in the form of service, awareness campaigns, workshops and exhibitions.
  5. Spiritual development : The very important aspect of the life which is completely ignored by the present education system. Spiritual education doesn’t mean that we propagate the religious curriculum. We can involve in spirituality separately from the religion in many parts and we have a very thin line in some parts. We do respect the line and maintain harmony thus making SV a place for every religion. Spiritual education comprises of Values, morals, universal brotherhood, compassionate love and life lessons.

Students differ in their individual learning styles, and each student possesses a unique combination of multiple intelligences. Our integrated teaching methodology nurtures a stimulating learning environment to encourage students to learn at higher levels. Instructional strategies are student-centered and include active learning, inquiry, experience-based learning, cooperative and participative learning activities. We focus on integration of knowledge, development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. Such a learning environment encourages the students to enjoy lessons, try out new things and to think creatively and independently.

Apart from the quantitative aspects of the education, ‘Childhood should be given its full measure of life’s draught, for which it has an endless thirst. The young mind should be saturated with the idea that it has been born in a human world which is in harmony with the world around it.’ As Plato said, the aim of education is ‘to develop in body and soul all the beauty and perfection of which they are capable. Individual beauty and perfection are shown in living in your circumstances of time, place, culture, religion, national or community aspirations, and mastery over material conditions.’

In this process, we look forward for associating with likeminded people, academicians, teachers, parents and all those who are involved in the process of Education. We welcome your suggestions, concerns and the opinions.