As parents and teachers, we are aware that education is much more than rote learning and examinations. Unfortunately, most school education has been reduced to mere information processing and testing. The needs of children, as children and as learners, have been relegated to the back shelf by formal systems of education.
Built on a foundation of Trust, Love, Joy, Listening and Caring for each Child, Shikshantar is committed to provide much more than mere transmission of information and skills acquired through compartmentalized syllabi. True education begins with knowing and understanding the child. At Shikshantar, the child and the adult are both learners. Together, they weave a world of sharing, discovering and constructing new hopes and new vistas.
To begin with, the learning environment at Shikshantar is defined by creating a culture that permits learners, both young and old, to build enduring relationships with themselves and the world around them.
Free of judgement and conformity, Shikshantar recognizes each child as an individual being with her own special set of strengths and talents, as one who partakes in learning activities because she wants to learn and because she is capable of living life with joy. There is no fear of standardized achievement or of comparison with others. She knows the worth of others and her own limitless abilities to learn and to achieve.
Learning at Shikshantar means recognizing the worth of one’s infinite senses and the development of a character that learns with dignity and self-worth, for oneself and for the world.
The Shikshantar philosophy is reflected in the various ways and the details with which the school has been planned ranging from the vision of education and the design of the school building to curriculum development, teacher support and classroom processes.