The school is being designed by Hairni Shah, one of our Advisors, and practicing community architect in Ahmedabad and Delhi.
We believe that education needs to help students access their experience, not divorce from it. Education today disconnects you from your own world. The more ‘elite’ you become through education, the more cut-off you would be from
majority of people and their experiences. Frankly it appears that education takes you away from where it should actually strive to bring you to.
Our learning philosophy is guided by our vision statement.
At many levels, it translates into the following:
Cultivate life journeys, not destinations
Learn through cooperation and collaboration
Discourage competition and rat-race attitude
Inspire for openness in learning
Study for knowing, not for succeeding
Embrace failures, don’t run away from them
Understand phenomenon and concepts, not objects
Ask questions and remain curious
Cultivate a culture of empathy and politeness
Instil pride in local knowledge and cultures
Evolution through playfulness
Learning by doing, celebrate trial and error
Build mentor-mentee bonds
Review by friends and peers and instilling a cooperation
Pedagogy responsive to the region
Pride in being virtuous
converting tiny corridors into broad learning street, where children converge and learn openly
These learning principles become our way of knowing each other. We discuss them with teachers who develop these sensitivities. They re-distil them into us over time. They keep sharing it with themselves as well. Over time, they
are becoming everyday ways of living the School.
It is interesting to see how infectious values can be.
And frankly, we didn’t realize, these learning principles are more natural for humans to adopt. It is ironic the world is building educational systems that simply does not relate to our basic human nature. We just need to go back