"Learning humility, purity and simple-living from those who don't take too much from the earth...
Targetting the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that sadden their lives...
Inspiring in each other trust, confidence and support for one another..."

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  project name ~ Post Primary Rural Schools

category ~ Education - Adult




  Project Name


Post Primary Rural Schools






Education - Adult



North 24 Parganas



West Bengal

  Budget Approved


$ 8000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Shashidhar Reddy


Bay Area









From 1997 till 2006 Swanirvar has worked with 10-16 year old school going children by forming village youth groups .In their free time , once or twice a week and more during their vacations , they did a lot of surveys, their analysis, other useful activities( see annex 1 ) and also learnt a lot of songs, dances , theatre , puppetry etc. This work was shown on national TV several times in 1998-99. India Today, a leading national news magazine, published a report in its July 8, 2002 issue Swanirvar also got “The Telegraph school award” for excellence in the category “The school that looks beyond” in 2002. In 2006 the Govt of West Bengal, following the Supreme Court order, decided to start teaching Environment as a separate subject from Class VI onwards. But no teachers or any training was provided. Many schools asked Swanirvar staff to become the teachers of Environment. This started with 9 schools. Currently Swanirvar’s 12 staff teach in 20 schools with ~15,000 students. There is now mounting demand and Swanirvar is moving towards teacher’s capacity building. From 2009-10 teachers from 10 more schools have started coming to training - workshop sessions for Work Education, Math and English at Swanirvar (annex 2)





Attaching document with list of activities





To assist a visible number of Govt rural secondary schools to become high quality institutions for imparting holistic education. Guide them to gradually move towards a need-based, much more diversified curriculum catering to all kinds of children; and to see that these schools play an active role in enriching rural life in many ways. In a way this is an attempt to interpret Gandhi’s & Tagore’s ideas in today’s context.



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