Utopia in a school

Arun Elassery

A school without uniforms, a seamless class structure, project based learning. Does this sound like a dream school? Mirambika, in the Aurobindo ashram in Delhi, has popularized the idea of alternative education.

A school run by teachers

Arun Elassery

The Centre for Learning, Bengaluru, is a place where long lasting bonds are formed. Run by teachers,the school has no principal or management, and everything that is needed for the school goes through consensus. This gentle and effective learning space is so unique that its website says ‘We also do academics’.

A vibrant, visible philosophy of learning

Arun Elassery
The Kamala Nimbkar Balbhavan in Phaltan, Maharashtra, is a school where the philosophy that it propagates is visible . Here children from disparate backgrounds mingle easily and happily. Read up this interesting profile of the school.

A joyful space

Arun Elassery

Welcome to the world of a Waldorf school. Abhaya is one of the four Waldorf schools in Hyderabad and fast becoming one of the best.

The Parikrma magic

Arun Elassery

Parikrma is a successful experiment in school education. The Parikrma group of schools are located in poor neighbourhoods and serve children from the slums of Bangalore. The facilities available to the children make them good at sports and academics.

Like a breath of fresh air

Arun Elassery

One would believe that Islamic education and Montessori methods wouldn’t go hand in hand. But if Aneesa and Hauroon Jamal thought along the same lines then this unique school, The Al Qamar International Academy wouldn’t have been born.

Fulfilling Gandhi’s ideology

Arun Elassery

Apart from fighting for India’s independence, one of Gandhi’s pet projects was Nai Taleem–a new way of looking at education. This time Alternatiview features Anand Niketan, a school started by Gandhi himself in 1940. Although it was shut down in 1975, Anand Niketan was reopened in 2005 and has been functioning successfully since then carrying on with Gandhi’s idea of learning through craft.

Leveraging political incorrectness!

Arun Elassery
In this series we feature a ‘politically incorrect’ school — the Muni International School in Delhi which caters to the underprivileged, has no textbooks, and where the NCERT syllabus is used to anchor the learning. Children here ask questions, explore and discover for themselves. Read on to know more.

Mainstreaming innovation

Arun Elassery
In the second of our series on stories about alternative schools, we profile a school called Aksharnandan in Pune. Aksharnandan is a mainstream school that does a lot of innovation within its spaces

Integrating life and learning

Arun Elassery

A new column featuring some of the alternative schools in this country. The first article in the column looks at The Learning Community, a school in Auroville.