My childhood school had less than 15 children in each class, where the teachers could give attention to every one of us. The children knew each other very well as small groups allow for good peer interaction. Many of us at school were eager to go back to school after holidays. Schooling had been so much an enjoyable experience all together that I wished that each and every child had such beautiful schooling.
I have always dreamt of creating learning spaces that preserve the natural curiosity of children, which makes it possible for learning in fun-filled ways and make them think deeply and create compassionate and competent individuals who can fully utilize their potential, instead of those trying to win a meaningless rat race.
I didn’t know where to begin. In the search of an answer, I went on to pursue Masters in Education (Elementary) from from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, after quitting my high paid corporate career in Supply Chain Management. This course gave me more questions than answers and showed me the world in a whole new light. My experiences through study of alternate education spaces like Center For Learning(CFL) near Bangalore, Rishi Valley School and a decade of experience in the corporate IT sector as well as education sector made me realize the complexities of lives of people, their circumstances, and the power of good education in everyone’s life.
I dream of a schooling system that is fair to everyone and enables one to carve a beautiful path of one’s own. We understood the need to establish a school that functioned differently from the existing mainstream schools. We visited various alternate schools, studied their methods and over the years developed a curriculum that suited a mix of rural and semi-urban populace which is unique to the locality where we serve. This became the Vidyādhāra way in 2018, when we started an early childhood care program that made children school ready. It grew to class 7 in 2021.