India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) hosted a national-level GRAMODAYA workshop at Puducherry. The workshop provided a single platform to discuss and design the best approaches for establishing an integrated and inclusive educational system in the rural context.
Gramodaya is an inclusive educational initiative that addresses a long-standing issue of appropriate education for different masses in India. It attempts to make relevant education opportunities available to rural children. Through a chain of schools, similar to the Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidyalayas but grounded in a rural context and experience, the Gramodaya Vidyalayas are conceived as “third leg” educational institutes, grooming rural children into rural professionals.
The aim of the workshop was to create an Integral and Inclusive approach to education, with the Gramodaya model as a starting point, and design a mechanism for sustainable scale-up, to have an effective impact in a short time. The tasks included rolling out and scaling up the model, design curriculum guidelines based on the experiences of OASIS- the innovation laboratory, EIFI Awardee and the Sri Aurobindo Society. The workshop brought together academicians, professionals, practitioners, and visionaries who think similarly onto a single platform to discuss and design the best approaches for the rural context.
The workshop was led by Mr Pradeep Ghosh- Ashoka Fellow 2004, Founder President of Oasis, Organisation for Awareness of Integrated Social Security- A Social Innovations Laboratory.
During the workshop, the focus was on evolving a strategy and next steps for the next level of pilot projects and how to move forward to create the framework for the planned 655 Gramodaya Schools for large-scale implementation and integration.
The workshop was attended by the following individuals, representing their respective institutes:
Prof Satyajit Majumdar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Prof H S Shylendra, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat
Prof P K Biswas, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
Mr Sujit Sinha, Faculty Azim Premji University, Ashoka Fellow
Ms Sikha Roy, SREEOSHI, Ashoka Fellow
Mr Gourav Jaiswal, AGRINI, implementing GRAMODAYA in Seoni, MP
Mr Mahendra Dharwal, AGRINI, implementing GRAMODAYA in Seoni, MP
Mr Kalyan Akkipeddi, PROTO VILLAGE, implementing GRAMODAYA in Andhra Pradesh
Mr. Gijs Spoor Ashoka Fellow and Member, UnLtd Tamilnadu, Auroville
Dr Palanithurai, Gandhi Gram Rural Deemed University
Dr Ramesh, Gandhi Gram Rural Deemed University
Mr. Senthil, SARVAM, SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY
Ms. Chitra, SARVAM, SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY
Ms Brianna Smrke, McMaster University, Canada