On January 6 and 7, 2018, Sri Aurobindo Siksha Kendra, Bishnupur in West Bengal, celebrated its 2nd Annual Programme. It was presided over by guests Mrs. Sita Deorah and Ms. Hansu Agarwal and showcased the school students’ talents via cultural programmes and a Yoga competition.
RUPANTAR by Sri Aurobindo is a platform where State and Central governments, nonprofits, corporates and volunteers are working as one team for development of a progressive government education system in India, by harnessing the power of the people and existing resources. A number of new projects were launched under RUPANTAR in various states in January 2018.
Sri Aurobindo Society Branch, Mathura, organized a workshop in which Shivakumar, Director, ICIE, gave a presentation on ‘Education of the Emerging Child’ on February 9, 2018. The workshop was attended by 58 primary to higher education teachers.
Shivakumar, Director, India Council for Integral Education, interacted with the students of the University of IOWA, Iowa, U.S., on the topic of ‘Integral Education’ on December 29, 2017. There were 18 students who will graduate as teachers at various levels, along with two faculty members, who attended the programme held at Hotel Atithi in Puducherry. The programme was organized by Satya Special School.
On December 9, 2017, Auro Navkriti School, New Delhi, organized a wonderful day-long Winter Wonderland mela. From setting up an Art Gallery to showcasing culinary skills and other talents, the students, parents and the school’s administration had fun galore on this day. The highlight of this year’s mela was the overwhelming presence and participation of children.
Two very significant days – the Mother’s Maha Samadhi day and Siddhi day – were observed in November 2017 by the students and staff of Sri Aurobindo Siksha Kendra, Bishnupur in West Bengal. Apart from attending regular classes, the students had also been preparing for the third term examination during the month.
On 27 and 28 October, 2017, ‘Transcending Education’ – a Festival on Theatre Arts Integrated Approach to Learning was held at Sharanam, the green amphitheatre of Sri Aurobindo Society in Puducherry. More than 100 government school principals and teachers in Puducherry attended the festival in which 126 primary school children and 18 master resource facilitators participated.
October was a month of festivals and the students of Sri Aurobindo Siksha Kendra, Bishnupur, in West Bengal celebrated Bijaya Sammilani by presenting an outstanding musical evening on October 15, 2017. They have also been preparing for their final term exams through the month.
RUPANTAR by Sri Aurobindo Society is an umbrella educational programme, transforming the quality of education in the government schools in various states of India. It aims at harnessing the power of the people and existing resources. In September 2017, RUPANTAR, with its flagship project of ZIIEI organized many events to make the initiative more robust and holistic.