Our Educational Approach
- English Language Education – English is the language of social mobility in India. Studies show that English fluency is crucial for access to well-paying professional jobs and building beneficial social networks. At our school, teachers are given language-lab training and extensive attention is paid to inculcating English fluency in students.
- Digital Literacy – India has the world’s largest digital gender gap. Only 29% of Internet users in India are women. At our school, all students attend computer lessons where they learn to harness the power of the Internet for increased opportunities. Teachers make use of our smart classroom to integrate educational content online into lessons. We are also partnering with the tech NGO Code Your Chances to train teachers.
- Teaching by example – Our students have weekly reading sessions that feature books with brave, successful and adventurous female protagonists in order to inculcate self-belief and aspiration.
- Active Learning – Many concepts are taught through forest schooling in our organic garden. Visiting instructors conduct periodic self-defence and team sports workshops to help our girls develop the assertiveness and self-confidence they need to venture out into the world. We also have daily yoga lessons and plenty of time for outdoor play.
- Letting kids be kids – Many of our students come from dysfunctional homes or engage in household labour after school. We offer an evening crèche program, where children can enjoy supervised educational play and the joy of childhood without any worries.
- International volunteers – SVA is building partnerships with international school teachers and volunteers from around the world so that our students can benefit from perspectives, resources and skills that aren’t available to them in the local village ecosystem.
- A well-rounded education – Our students learn dance, theatre and public speaking in an effort to inculcate confident personalities and leadership skills.
- Community Engagement – Our school campus offers a purified water source that any mother can use to collect water for her household since a primary reason for girls dropping out of school in India is to shoulder the burden of fetching water for their family, making an average of six trips per day. The school conducts financial literacy and nutritional and health education for our students’ mothers. During the holidays, our computer lab is open to other village girls and boys who wish to become digitally literate. Our new Protect Our Village project aims to sustainably empower villagers to sustain through the pandemic and economic crisis through our 4 Pillar Plan of Nutrition, Education, Employment and Health.