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We Believe… in community and “commons”

We believe that school education is about developing the right kind of abilities, thinking skills, values and commitment in individual children. Even more so, we beieve that education ought to be about owning up and caring for the “commons” - of the community that the school is part of.


The “commons” is the idea of what belongs to the whole community – like air, water, roads, also lakes, forests or parks near us. Another kind of commons is the culture the community believes in and fosters…

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Not giving importance to the “commons” in education and in our world-view has resulted in poisoned rivers and pesticides in food, landfills, uncontrolled deforestation, carbon emissions that threaten our civilisation and more.


Children or adults cannot be taught to care for their commons through books or exams. Such learning and consciousness can only come through the experience of looking after their commons – be they gardens, trees, spaces near their school or the culture of their community.


Prakriya works with consciousness in commons in experiential ways – through collaborations, circle time, real-life projects, gardening, music and through adults who live with the belief in the importance of community and “commons”.

 
 

“Children are living beings - more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.

- Albert Einstein

“Reading and Writing are good to help us gather knowledge… but conversations are essential for fostering wisdom”.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

- Jiddu Krishnamurti