"These schools fundamentally exist
to help both the students and the teacher to flower in goodness"
The Rural Centre has set up a school named after Shri Achyut
Patwardhan, to try out, understand (in its entirety) and realize
(in spirit) Krishnamurti's vision of holistic education, which
he recalls "the education of the whole process of life".
It envisages creating an environment of self-learning, growing
out of a culture of freedom, open enquiry, interaction, initiative
and individual human dignity. <<
The Rural Centre is situated bordering Sarai Mohana and
Kotwan villages. These villages are not developed ones despite
being on the periphery of the ancient holy city - Varanasi.
The children from Sarai Mohana, Kotwan, Kapildhara and Rajapur
villages walk down to the school. Rajapur village is situated
about 3.5 km from the Centre. Most of the children belong
to fishermen and weavers communities. These communities
have been driven to appalling poverty due to the dwindling
stock of fish in holy river -Ganga (Ganges) and adverse
consequences of economic policies. The children from these
communities have meagre resources and they can't afford
a good education. APS is making concerted efforts in providing
them a qualitative education.
Presently the school has been following the UP state syllabus
as its curriculum. Now, as a policy, the school has chosen
to adopt the National open schooling system from the academic
year 2009-10. The rationale behind this shifting is to have
freedom to design our own curriculum which is closer to
right (holistic) education in the light of Krishnamurti
Presently, the school is preparing a curriculum for all
the classes starting from kindergarten to 10th standard
within the framework of NCERT guidelines. As a part of this
exercise, the school has constituted a committee for designing
the curriculum. The committee consists of members from academic
and philosophical background. The committee is working to
encompass spiritual, environmental, and social dimensions
to the curriculum to making it a holistic education.
In the current academic year 2008-09, 236 students are studying.
It is a co-education school. Both the girls and boys are
equal in number. Very recently tenth standard was introduced
from the academic year 2006-07. The students appeared for
examinations under National Institute of Open Schooling
The school administration has begun the process for getting
the status of an accredited agency by National Institute
of Open Schooling.
One of the main objectives of the Foundation is to make
the students develop compassion and sensitivity to the all
living beings and nature. In this direction, the school
organizes talks on great thinkers and philosophers on regular
basis, who are concerned about total well-being of all the
living forms on this planet.
Dialogues on fundamental questions such as human existence,
purpose of life, etc, would be held with groups of interested
students on a regular basis. This constant interaction with
the sensitive students facilitates them to broaden their
view of life.
From time to time workshops are conducted for teachers.
Resource persons from within the Foundation and external
agencies are invited to conduct these workshops.
With a view to broaden perspective of the rural children
the school invites resource persons from time to time from
various fields and organizes workshops and special classes
to teach them special skills.
So far the school has invited several resource persons
from the field of different art forms such as dance, painting,
theatre, and folksongs. The children are also introduced
to new skills and areas of learning. The children were given
guidance and taught painting, folk dances, folk music, spoken
Introduction of Allied Subjects
In addition to the regular academic subjects, computer
education and disaster management have been introduced as
new subjects to the curriculum of the school.
In the year 2006, Inner Wheel Club of Varanasi South gifted
two computers, solely for the use of students and teachers.
Later, in Feb-2009, 5 more computers were added to the computer
lab. This time, Mr. Sudhir Seth and Ms.Dolly Seth of Mumbai
have donated these systems. Mr. Maini, of Mumbai has donated
Rs.15,000 towards purchase of tables for these computer
systems. With this addition, the school intends to start
a computer centre and teach the senior students basics of
computer education from the year 2009-10.
Capacity Building of Educators
Strengthening the capacities of the educators plays a crucial
role in providing new dimension to learning by the students
and teachers themselves. On a regular basis workshops are
conducted for teachers and also they will be sent for trainings.
Resource persons from within the Foundation and external
agencies are invited to conduct these kinds of workshops.
A workshop for teachers on "Krishnamurti teachings"
was organized on 1st and 2nd Sept 2008.
In another workshop on "Induction-cum-Designers on
Multi Grade and Multi Level" Mr.Yogesh Tiwari, Asst.Director
(Education) and Mr.Shakti Kumar, Guest Prinicipal participated.
The workshop was conducted during Jan-2009 by Rishi Valley
Institute of Education Resources - a part of another KFI
school, Rishi Valley Trust, Madanapalli.
Dr. Mousumi Bhattacharya, one of the teachers in the school,
has published the following two papers during the year 2008.
1. "Impact of internet & wireless
communication on economy and traditional values of Indian
culture and abuse of Human Right", Proceedings
of national seminar on " Change, Progress and Globalization"
Department of Sociology, Benares Hindu University, 7-8 March
2. "A study on medicinal dedication
behaviours of Varanasi urban diabetes mellitus patients",
Indian Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine (IJPSM),
Institute of Medical Science, Benares Hindu University,
,Varanasi, December 2008
Most of the children attend school on empty stomach. The
school provides snacks and milk during the break to the
children. Sometimes during lean period, the milk will not
be given to the children. The midday snack is served as
a support to these disadvantaged children to pursue education.
Philanthropists support this programme on a regular basis
Improving the quality of education is an on going endeavour
of the school. The school has collected a variety of educational
materials, books for the school library, teaching aids and
audiovisual materials such as CD-ROMs, etc. These materials
are being used by the teachers to prepare lesson plans and
equip themselves to impart a qualitative education to the
students. Films and documentaries on various aspects of
education are being shown on a regular basis to create interest
and inspire the children. The screening of documentaries
has become a part of extra-curricular activities in the
school from the academic year 2008-09.
Contribution from World Literacy of Canada
World Literacy of Canada (WLC), a Canadian organization,
supports the organisations who are working for disadvantaged
communities in field of education and women empowerment.
WLC has donated 240 books on various subjects such as biographies,
mythological stories, poetry, drama, science, sports, etc.
to the school. Along with the books steel book shelves were
given preserving these books in the Library.
Most of the funds for running the school come as donations
from philanthropists and rest is met out of the resources
allocated from within. The school needs quite a lot of infrastructural
facilities, class rooms education materials, equipments,
etc. With a view to provide a wider perspective to learning
and life, resource persons are being invited often to conduct
workshops on education, arts and crafts, skills development