Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra
Ragihalli Post, Jigani Hobli, Anekal Taluk,
Bangalore Urban District
Tel No: 080 27858022, 9483850176
Background of the school
Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra, Shivanahalli was started in 1991 under the aegis of Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Bangalore. The school is located around 30 KM’s from Bangalore, surrounded by Bannerghata National Park.
Swami Vivekananda’s dream of education through “Man Making and Character Building”, where assimilation of ideas is important and actualizing the potentials of every child, is attempted here in the school. The school aims to produce morally upright, emotionally stable, self-reliant, self-confident and intelligent individuals of this land. The school caters to students from Shivanahalli and its neighbouring thirteen villages/hamlets. The villagers primarily are illiterate and comprise of farm labourers and quarry workers. Majority of the students are first generation learners.
The school lays emphasis on a set of “Core Values” which are inculcated and fostered in a supportive environment that respect the individual and the diversities they bring in. The school provides inputs to students to focus on their physical, emotional, cultural and moral development apart from their studies.
Kannada is the medium of instruction. Students are also exposed to Computers and English at a very early age. Hindi is taught from class 5 onwards. The school follows an enriched curriculum for Mathematics and Science drawing from international curricula. The school provides mid-day meals to the students to nourish their daily activities, within the classroom and outside. The school is adjacent to over 80 acres of forested land. This land is home to a variety of flora and fauna which is a natural open lab for the students.
Mission and Vision
To provide all students with a value integrated quality education
To strive among students for:
- Value integration
- Development of multiple intelligences
- Life skills development
- To integrate values through subject based teaching
- To inculcate values through the school environment
- To nurture multiple intelligences in children
- To equip children with adequate and relevant life skills
- To provide opportunities for teachers to grow professionally
While the objectives mentioned above are the long term goals of the school, the immediate expected outcomes are:
- Evolving a set of rubrics for assessing value inculcation in students
- Attempting an integrated grade score that includes academics, value inculcation and participation in sports & cultural activities
- Providing opportunities for children both inside and outside classroom, to nurture different intelligences among them
- Designing activities to equip children with essential life skills
- Ensuring resources are used optimally and effectively
- Giving periodic academic & pedagogic inputs to teachers by conducting trainings, and exposure visits
- Allowing teachers opportunities for pursuing higher education, if they so deem
- Creating a synergy among the management, staff and community
- Sharing experiences with other interested schools and individuals
The mission and objectives of the school comply with the statutory and regulatory requirements as well address the needs and expectations of the interested parties.
The school follows the Man Making and Character Building (MMCB) Curriculum. The curriculum is based on Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and the content for subject knowledge is drawn from National and International Syllabi.
The focus of the MMCB curriculum is activity based teaching and contextual learning. Its aim is to produce morally upright, emotionally stable and intelligent individuals.
The curriculum has been structured under the following areas of study:
- Hindi (from class 5 onwards)
- Environmental Science (up to class 3)
- Science (from class 4 onwards)
- Social Science (from class 4 onwards)
- Information and communication technology
- Art and Craft
- Physical Education
Accompanying text cum work books have been specially prepared for languages and subjects by a team of subject and pedagogic experts. These books have been piloted among the students.
The highlights of these books are:
- Integration of values
Eighteen core values have been identified to be inculcated among children over a period of time. These values have been listed along with learning outcomes across all subject areas. In language books, a value is taken as the focus and an appropriate text chosen to reflect this value. Activities suggested at the end of the text reinforce this value. As to the core subjects, the primary values intrinsic to the teaching of these subjects are given prominence. For example, appreciation, honesty, diligence are some of the values that are actively promoted through activities, exercises and biographies in science books. Each subject teacher has been oriented to plan activities to inculcate these values, as well as to assess them among children. Section 9 of the Policy Manual gives details on values and students overall development.
- Concept based learning
In order to reduce gaps in the subject content of Mathematics and Science, we have attempted to map out the concepts given in the National Curriculum Framework’s (NCF) Syllabus for classes at the elementary level (NCERT, New Delhi; 2005) along with American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS), Benchmarks for Science Literacy (Oxford University Press, New York; 1993); National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards(National Academy press, Washington, DC; 1996) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’, Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 1989). Needless to say, our enriched curriculum not only adheres to the stipulated syllabus of the Government of Karnataka but goes much beyond this.
This mapping exercise yielded core concepts in Science and Mathematics that children should understand at the end of their elementary education. Accordingly, a spiral approach has been adopted to teach these concepts from classes 1 to 7. For each concept, a variety of activities, exercises and worksheets are given.
Provision of Mid-day meal
Students of the school are provided with nutritious vegetarian mid-day meal to help nourish their body and minds and help in their overall development. In addition, children of nursery and class 1 are given protein enriched milk. While, mid day meal is not supported by the Government, local community contribute some food materials towards mid day meal provision. A garden exists for growing vegetables for meeting kitchen needs. Same quality food is served for all as part of the mid day meal.