Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli is a branch of the Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission, Belur. Ramakrishna Mission is a philanthropic, volunteer organization founded by Swami Vivekananda on May 1, 1897. The Shivanahalli centre of the mission was started in the year 1983 focusing on integrated approach towards development in the hamlets around Bannerghatta forest near Bangalore. The mission conducts extensive work in the areas of education, health care, rural development, tribal welfare, environment conservation and culture. The Mission bases its work on the motto of the organization Atmano Mokshartham Jagad-hitaya Cha. Translated from Sanskrit it means For one's own salvation, and for the good of the world.
Sri Sarada Devi Vidya Kendra
Hardly 30 kilometres from the metropolis of Bangalore, adjoining the hilly tracts of Bannerghatta National Park, in Anekal Taluk, stands a beautiful centre of the Ramakrishna Mission providing educational, medical and other services to the people in and around this area.
One of the key activities of Ramakrishna Mission Shivanahalli is the running of a Junior High School named ‘Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra’ from Nursery to Class 7 in a rural set up to the children of these villages and hamlets. The present strength of the school is around 225 students. All the children are given breakfast, midday meals, uniforms and educational materials, free of charge. The medium of instruction is Kannada, with English as the second language of study.
Imparting value based, concept oriented education focused on all-round personality development is our objective. Man-making and character-building education has been the guiding force in running this school. Striving for students to imbibe principles of value integrated living, nurturing of multiple intelligence and life skills development have been the bedrock on which the school’s philosophy has been built.
The school has the distinction of being the first Indian Rural School to get QCI accreditation from NABET (National Accreditation Board of Education and Training, New Delhi’ .
Create a learning environment to implement Swami Vivekananda’s ideal of man-making and character building – an education through which “character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.”
METHODS AND RATIONALE:
The central theme and emphasis of the curriculum is on value-based education based on the life-giving message of Swami Vivekananda. Value oriented education for primary school children has several challenges – including the fact that the teachers involved should be the best practitioners of the values themselves. Various innovative techniques like interactive workbooks have been adopted by the school to help the teachers teach better by augmenting the instructional process with computers, giving a lot of emphasis on the value orientation. Children participate in the school and co-curricular activities in a healthy and spirited way which have made the learning process a joyous and fun-filled experience.
The Vidya Kendra aims to kindle in the children the knowledge within, with the help of modern science and bring out their creative potential. All efforts are made to make learning a joyful process. Hands-on experience in the laboratory, study of nature covering plants, trees, wildlife etc. with the help of interactive project work and computer classes kindle in the children a thirst for knowledge and develop a spirit of inquiry thus fostering a scientific temperament.
The children are so enthusiastic that many of them walk more than four kilometers daily (each way) to attend the school.
Some of the salient features of the educational methods adopted at Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra are:
• Focus on value education and all-round development of the personality.
• Cultivating the spirit of inquiry by promoting conceptual learning.
• Unique natural forest surroundings are utilized for teaching concepts.
• Ensuring ethical development by integrating values,
• Cultural and patriotic values are instilled by familiarizing them with Indian traditions, history, lives of saints and national leaders etc.
• Performance of the students are measured through their talents, innovativeness, behaviour and conceptual learning skills in addition to academic scores.
An Artist's View of the School Campus