Gyan Anant Vidyalaya - Initiative by Mobius Foundation

A remarkable initiative by Mobius Foundation plans to provide all the facilities of urban schools in rural areas. The school is different from other schools as sustainability will be integrated into core curriculum areas, and its focus will be on the all-round development of children. The school aims to provide quality education in a secure, eco-friendly, and nurturing environment. It will also help students develop proactive thinking, responsibility, and consciousness toward the environment.

The school has been set up in the rural area of Ghaziabad near the village of Atrauli. It has infrastructure comparable to any urban school, thus addressing the requirement of best-in-class infrastructure to reduce the urban-rural divide.

Besides shaping up responsible and competent citizens, the emphasis is laid upon spreading knowledge and awareness on sustainability to ensure that children resonate with nature and feel responsible towards their actions (e.g., throwing garbage, wasting food, etc.). The school has also been awarded an IGBC Green School Platinum rating for its infrastructure’s sustainable design and development.

Non Formal Learning

The following list of pedagogies will be opted for some of the types of ‘nonformal learning’ activities that can take place through teaching the curriculum and extracurricular activities:

  • Group work/ Teamwork
  • Student presentations
  • Competitive activity
  • Lessons designed by students
  • School trip or an overnight stay
  • Outdoor activities
  • Work in the community/Social work
  • Mentoring or support from older students
  • Work according to written instructions (e.g., a worksheet)
  • Long-term project work
  • Hosting guests
  • Work experience

Nonformal learning will help in Building Character, which could be looked at building base of three character ‘capabilities’:

  • Application, or ‘the ability to concentrate, discipline and motivate oneself to persist with and complete a task.’
  • Self-regulation, or ’emotional control and emotional resiliency – an ability to bounce back from disappointment, conflict and distress’
  • Empathy, or ‘an ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes – and to act in a way that is sensitive to other people’s perspectives.’

Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular activities will include music bands, sports (indoor and outdoor), student newspaper, literary, social service, acting & drama, music (vocal and instrumental), cultural activities. These are the Strong pillars of building a ‘positive attitude’ in an individual. A list of enrichment activities from the following broad categories of extracurricular activity can be outlined:

  • Sports activities (like team or individual sports)
  • Creative activities (like art, dance, drama and model-making)
  • Volunteering or social action (helping out your community, maintaining cleanliness in the school campus and its surroundings, doing things for charity)
  • Outdoor activities (like visiting wildlife sanctuaries, hiking, camping, and trekking)
  • Deliberative activities (like debating societies, a model UN, youth parliaments or school elections)
  • Uniformed activities (like NCC, Girl Guiding and Scout, traffic controlling or similar organisations)

Extracurricular activities will play the main role in the moral character framework for Character Education in Schools, which will include four core dimensions of ‘character’:

  • Moral virtues such as courage, honesty, humility, and gratitude
  • Civic virtues such as service and volunteering – the moral virtues acting in society at large
  • Intellectual virtues such as curiosity and critical thinking
  • Performance virtues such as resilience, application, and self-regulation

With Added Focus On Integrating The Skills Of:

  • Perseverance, resilience, and grit (through the visits to heritage sites and giving the children the feel of our rich culture)
  • Confidence and optimism (by encouraging them to participate in debates and open forums)
  • Motivation, drive, and ambition (letting their creativity and imagination flow miles ahead by activities-based competitions in arts and science)
  • Neighbourliness and community spirit (adopt a village/visits to orphanages and old homes, teaching and caring for poor children)
  • Tolerance and respect ( team building activities and games)
  • Honesty, integrity, and dignity (project-based activities and work)
  • Conscientiousness, curiosity, and focus (Yoga, Meditation, and value education)

Apart from different activities and skills, the school will emphasise civic education from the beginning to develop the feeling of nationalism by providing instructions about Government history, law, and governance and discussion on current/local/national/international issues. The respect for the national flag, national song, national property, and leaders who sacrificed themselves for the country will be imbibed in the children.

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Gyan Anant Vidyalaya Initiative By Mobius Foundation and Pradip Burman
Gyan Anant Vidyalaya Initiative By Mobius Foundation and Pradip Burman
Gyan Anant Vidyalaya Initiative By Mobius Foundation