The Art of Living Free Schools are providing free, holistic, value-based education to under-privileged children in rural, tribal and socioeconomically backward places in India
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Besides academics, personality development programs, daily pranayama & meditation and host of extra curricular activities are practiced
Teachers are trained in methods of holistic education, pranayama and meditation practices and participation in community development programs, making them agents of change.
Conducting yoga and pranayama programs, health and hygiene awareness camps and constant communication with parents, helps bring about a positive environment for the children to be nurtured in
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It was on 21 October, 2011 that the maiden voyage of the Namma Metro in Bengaluru saw 21-year-old Priyanka N piloting the train. As the first technical diploma holder from her village, Priyanka has been using her newfound recognition to promote education. “My village people are so proud of me that they are now willing to listen,” she says simply. And with her encouragement, 14 children from her village joined the Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth (VVMVP) Rural School, only three bus stops away from Priyanka’s small village on Kanakpura Road, on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
From a student to a local celebrity and still “learning every day,” Priyanka, who is now a technical engineer there, may be blazing trails and an inspiration to many but what matters as well is the fact that rural development via education also creates a platform for the empowerment of girls
Ridalin came to the Bangalore Ashram in 2009 and joined the Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth school. She showed signs of being a brilliant student since her early days in school. Her talents were recognized and nurtured by the teachers. Apart from studies, Ridalin also exceled in extra-curricular activities. She joined Taekwondo coaching in school and went on to represent Karnataka at National competitions. Ridalin passed her SSC exam in 2015 with a distinction score of 84.8%. She joined Amrit Bharathi Higher Secondary School in Mangalore and completed her 12th Standard again with distinction, this time with a higher score of 91.5%.
Ridalin aspires to become an Architect one day and to give back to the community that supported her in tough times. Her aim is to eradicate smoking, drinking and child marriage. When asked about how education has changed her life, she says, “If I had stayed back in Meghalaya I would have been married at a young age whereas here I got education and now I feel that I can achieve something in life.”