An open school in E-city, Bangalore

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Vibudhaalaya is a non-profit open school, started by a parent, who wants a school where the primary goal is focusing on the children. It operates with three goals:

  1. Let children have the freedom to be themselves, in a democratic way.
  2. Let them get the support they need to unleash their full potential.
  3. Enable them to practice mindfulness.

Vibudhaalaya is for children aged 6 - 16 years. "vibudha" means very wise and "aalaya" means house, in Sanskrit. The logo symbolises the bringing together of ancient wisdom (from multiple sources) and modern science. Vibudhaalaya's education is numbered 3.0 because the ancient gurukula system is considered by us as 1.0 and the current mainstream education system as 2.0.

The strength of Vibudhaalaya is the deep expertise and passion of the people facilitating the children's learning, with the founder having nearly 20 years of experience in teaching, research as well as in industry, in India and USA. All of these components are integral to developing theoretical and problem-solving abilities.

Vibudhaalaya supports subjects that are covered under National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) boards.

In addition, it is open to other subjects when there is enough interest amongst children. It also provides a democratic environment where children get to select what they learn, when and how they learn as well as how much they learn. Accordingly, Vibudhaalaya makes available resources for discussions, lectures, reading, experiments, trips, research, reflection and so on.

The freedom to make these choices results in children taking responsibility for their choices. They become self-driven and learn to ask for support when needed. They also get enough practice to accept their mistakes and express their feelings, which are all essential life skills. Further, because group-based activities are decided by voting, they learn to make proposals as well as accept what the "majority" vote for, which are all hallmarks of a democratic system.

Children from such schools (as published by Sudbury Valley School, USA) tend to be self-driven, curious, passionate, go-getters, dedicated and cooperative (rather than competitive) with others. Combined with yoga, meditation and life-related discussions, children are best-prepared for experiencing life in a mindfully happy way.

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