"Education is this civilization's greatest leveler. It has the power to empower the weakest of the weak, bring peace to the world and alleviate poverty. It is often seen as the only lit path in the pursuit of happiness."-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The Art of Living started their service initiatives by providing education to underprivileged rural children in Udayapura Village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Karnataka. Today, The Art of Living's Schools provide holistic free education to over 53,361 students in 425 schools across 20 states of India in the slum, tribal and rural belts where child labor and poverty are widespread.Inspired by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's vision of value education for all, these schools impart education integrated with values.
To provide free value based holistic education in a stress free environment to the under privileged.
To provide free holistic and value based education to the children from the rural, tribal and slum areas in India.
- Access to quality education to the children of underprivileged, rural, tribal and remote sections of society
- Ensure completion of education with an opportunity to be self sufficient
- Build community partnerships
- Address the social, economic and cultural barriers that keep children away from school
The schools offer the following holistic and sustainable learning components
Schools provide free nutritous mid-day meals and medical Checkups.
Tuition,SchoolBooks,Uniforms, Bags,SchoolBus and Hostels
Educational Tour, Literature,Vocational Training Cultural Activities and Sports
ART Excel,Meditation,Tree Planting,Compaigns and Social Responsibilities
The Care for Child or Gift a Smile program primarily aims to bring a modern and holistic education to children that are outside the reach of other government or private programs. Schools under the Gift a Smile program fall into three categories: tribal ,slum schools and rural,.
The term 'tribals' refers to a small minority group in India whose ethnic origins, culture and
lifestyle differ from mainstream Indian society.
Today, these groups face a diversity of problems. Most are economically challenged and the culture of tribal groups preserved for thousands of years now faces the threat of extinction.
To counter this trend, schools were started in 1999 in the tribal areas of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Tripura (North East India). Today, there are 22 tribal schools and more are being established in remote areas where neither roads nor electricity exist.
Even as tribal areas suffer from isolation and destitution, urban slums face other challenges. Apart from the strains of poverty, children from slums are often caught in a web of crime and violence. To provide quality, value-based education to children in urban slums The Art of Living runs six slum schools in India, providing for about five hundred students.
To encourage attendance at school, uniforms, books and bags are provided for the students, along with free education. Students are given nutritious mid-day meals and parents are counseled about the importance of education. School buses transport children to and fro, often from distant villages. All these incentives encourage children to attend school. The attendance rate is 98% and the dropout rate is zero.
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