Shanti Ananda

The Nature Concept School

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Shanti Ananda Newsletter 3/2014

Article about Shanti Ananda school project in “Eenadu” on August 3rd

 

On August 3rd, Friendship Day in India (called „Raksha Bandan“ because everybody ties friendship bracelets around friends’ wrists) a big article about the Shanti Ananda Nature School Project was published in “Eenadu” – in the whole Anantapur District. Reporter and educated teacher Calendarwho wrote a very positive article already in November 2009 gave many valuable pieces of information about aims and goals, teacher training, building measures and future plans.We understand this article as an appreciation for our pedagogical work; and we are happy that all Anantapur District knows about our model school now...

 

In the Academic Year 2014/15 we have 171 students totally. Since the start of the Academic Year our kinder garden children are taught in the first two new class rooms recently completed. The small ones luckily accepted their new beautiful places and enjoy their separate rooms – with sufficient distance to the next building for not being disturbed by each other. The size of one class room is 45 square meters approximately giving a lot of space for different activities (for example Yoga) and as well enough storage space for all materials.

The Lower Kinder Garden(LKG) children in front of their new class room

The Upper Kinder Garden(UKG) children practising Yoga in their class room

Since the start of the Academic Year the Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School has the Recognition up to 2018/19 –the first time for the school on our new area where we shifted in the last academic year. In India the recognition has to be renewed regularly – a very big procedure… Thanks to the hard work of our headmaster Raja Sekhar it was successful.

In July – in midst of the rainy season – one more rain ceremony was arranged in the medicine wheel (our ritual place on the school area). Teachers and students sang bhajanas; Veda mantras were recited, and prayers were spoken. Nevertheless the rain in this rainy season was very scarce. Many people understand this as a consequence of change of climate (the so called El Nino” effect). The water tank of Mudigubba is nearly empty – very unusual during this time of the year; the ground water level is going down… We hope desperately that it will rainwithin the next days and weeks – otherwise we will be forced to buy water from outside for our water needs (watering of plants, washing and toilet).

Rain ceremony in the medicine wheel

On the Nature Day in June (our monthly project day) the students were busy with digging a new compost pit and cleaning the area. Three groups were arranged: students of the 6th and 7th class dag the compost pit; children of the 4th and 5th classes removed the weeds in the flowers pots; and the 3rd class students cleaned the bath rooms. The small students (LKG, UKG; 1st and 2nd class) collected papers, plastic covers, horse dung and dry leaves on the school area. Most of this material could be used for the new compost pit later.

Watering of the new compost pit

Topics of the Nature Day in July were (as part of a new series about Ayurveda plants)Tulsi and Moringa, also called“Drumstick”. Dramas were performed, plant receipts presented; and an exhibition of students’ paintings and other works had been arranged in a charming way. Our expert for growing up Moringa Horst Wagner taught the students some valuable pieces of knowledge and experience.

Drama about Tulsi

As in every Academic Year the Shanti Ananda Education Society distributed workbooks and text books to all our students free. Bank manager and police chief had been invited as well; and happily they shared the distribution.

Project manager Horst Wagner distributes a book set to a kinder garden child

In June all the teachers attended a one day workshop about “Human Values“ arranged by the Satya Sai Trust in Anantapur; many teachers from the District participated in this training about Education in Human Values (EHV).

Workshop “Human Values” (EHV) in Anantapur

Teacher Prabhavathi is guiding the training day about „Science“

From25th to 29th April 2014 – in the summer holidays - a kinder garden training had been arrangedin the guest house, planned and initiated by Headmaster Raja Sekhar with the aim to improve the quality of our kinder garden teachings. Two Government teachersguided the first two days for the subjects „Mathematics“ and „Telugu“.On the third day our teacherPrabhavathi led the trainingfor the subject “Science”; on the fourth day M. Saraswathiteacher became active for the subject “Social”. Raja Sekhar led the last day in the subject „English“. The Kinder garden teachers were very satisfied with this special training as it was practical – suitable to our pedagogy for head, heart and hands.

Coordinator Chandra Mohan gives a book donation for the library

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

 

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra PragathiGrameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Hurdle racing, in the back ground the new class rooms

Shanti Ananda Newsletter 2/2014

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Brahmasthanam sculpture

Botida (Florian Meyer), who conducted two workshops at the school in 2010 and discovered two bore wells points on the area in 2012 did measure out the school area brahmasthanam. According to Vaasthu Shastra, the ancient Indian ancestor of the Chinese Feng Shui, brahmasthanam is a principle of Vedic architecture and community planning that designates the centre point of a building or geographical area (Wikipedia) presenting the absolute - Brahma – and as well the centre of the Akasha space energy.

Lotus with Yantram in the centre

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White golden cobra and plate with footprints

Botida arranged the necessary Vaasthu Yantrams in the sculpture and gave an initial blessing to it with students and headmaster Raja Shekar. The Brahmasthanam – located in a very central area beside the meeting place near to the administration building – was designed with a highly artistic, aesthetic and - on several layers - very meaningful sculpture. It is crowned by a lotus flower with a yantram in the centre representing the absolute or Brahma to be identified while standing in the golden footprints. This celestially beautiful art work was painted in soft pastel colours and is integrated into a small stone garden; the earthly character creates an impressing contrast to the total heavenly impression of the sculpture. More garden elements will join. Please feel free to ask Botida for more pieces of information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The construction of the waste water recycling pit (behind the toilet house sloping down to the water tank) was difficult and is not yet completed. Two of the three pits are completed; but the arranging of the third one triggered our buttons: exactly at this place a massive rock is giving hurdles to our plan. Several attempts to remove it by hand work were not successful.

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Two pits of the waste water recycling pit, at the right toilet building

The blasting specialists demanded an amount of 10.000 Rupees (!) for one single blast; that’s why coordinator Chandra Mohan came to the creative solution to change the shape of the third pit: instead of a rectangle now a half moon shape should be arranged by our masons. Like this it is no more necessary to remove the rock.

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The first two class rooms

The first two class rooms – built in our well experienced octagon style – are nearly completed and will be inaugurated and used by two classes in the next academic year. The construction of class rooms No. 3 and 4 has been started.

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A mosaic flower is integrated with team work

A mosaic work for the floor in the entrance area of the construction office – a project planned since long time – was started under my guidance. A lotus flower design in the main colours green and pink (the colours of the students’ school uniforms) is the fundament for the total creation; the lotus flowers are inserted onto the concrete as a whole and surrounded by green tile pieces. In future many mosaic projects are to be realized on the area, under participation of students as well…

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Dog mother Whitey with son Dicky in the construction office

Animals are an integral and important part of our area: meanwhile two horses (Raju, a brown stallion who is with us for two years, and Tara, a white mare joining us few months before) have their home on the area. Tara still has an injury at the foot, meanwhile it is nearly healed. Our Nature Day in March was about the topic “Aloe Vera“ and inspired us to treat the wound with Aloe Vera gel twice daily.

Our two dogs Whitey und Dicky have an exciting and eventful history: Whitey (a bitch) and Blacky (a male dog) joined us as puppies in January 2013. Blacky had an accident in November and died; Whitey delivered two puppies on January 12th 2014: Dicky and Blacky junior - thriving nicely. But during the very first excursion of dog mother Whitey with Blacky junior the young dog was kidnapped – eventually by a shepherd. All the researches by students, teachers and school area staff had no result. Like this Whitey, the dog mother, and son Dicky now are on strength hold for the area... Last not least there are two rabbits in a cage in front of the construction office; they will receive a bigger one in the rainy season.

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Treatment of TARA with Aloe Vera Gel

The Nature Day in March had the topic „Aloe Vera“ (a very well-known plant in Ayurveda, the classical Indian healing art). As usual pictures were presented, and dramas were shown – especially the students of the 7th class who will leave us very soon showed a very excellent and touching drama: how to replace the orthodox medicine by traditional Ayurveda methods with the help of Aloe Vera…

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Distribution of Aloe Vera plants to the students

Unluckily a lot of the ancient knowledge was forgotten within the last decades; and the people have to be reminded – as a Nature Concept School we certainly can give an important impact… In the next Academic year we will be busy with other Ayurveda plants as well. Neem, Moringa Olifeira and Tulsi are already cultivated on the area;2000 young Moringa Olifeira trees are growing on a separate space. By selling Moringa products we plan to generate an own income as a project within the next years. An Ayurveda garden is planned on the area as well. After the Nature Day small Aloe Vera plants were distributed to interested students for cultivating them in their houses in pots or directly in the soil. Like this the Ayurveda might become more popular in the children’s families…

The last Academic year ending on April 23rd was eventful, very exciting and as well stressing…

  • Shifting to the new school area in June 2013 – Students and teachers now do experience their total daily life here. Everybody feels that the new area is big bliss as it is peaceful and silent (opposite to the noisy Mudigubba), becoming greener and more beautiful daily and as well giving space for many different activities and meetings. The water tank at the downer part of the area – with the water going down at temperatures of about 40 degrees – is a very charming landscape including the mountains in the background; but after some time this view will be covered by our growing trees…
  • Long-lasting strikes in Rayalasseema from August till October 2013 caused by the bifurcation of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh. During the strikes the Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School was the only one in the total surrounding conducting normal classes – because of successful negotiations of headmaster Raja Sekhar and coordinator Chandra Mohan with the strike movement Samaikyandhra. While other schools were empty our students planted trees, arranged a sportive event and did other activities. In the moment circumstances are uncertain again because of the elections all over in India on all political levels – but hopefully we will not be bothered by strikes once again. Strikes usually are practised by government employees only – government teachers, bus drivers, officers etc. enjoying a safe income. The majority of small enterprisers in India do not sympathize with this attitude, but cannot do anything...
  • Transfer of the school area to the Shanti Ananda Education Society (SAES): the land does still belong to the „Prabhath Rural Development Society“ (PRDS), but ought to be transferred to the SAES very soon.

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Nature Day in February with the topic „fire“

 

As the Shanti Ananda Education Society (SAES) in March 2010 was not eligible to buy land with foreign donations we asked the Prabhath Rural Development Society (PRDS) (www.womenempowermentprds.org), to arrange the purchase in our name. A Memorandum of Understanding fixed the modalities of transfer: as soon as the SAES would have the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act) and the recognition as a charity organization (12 A) the transfer should occur. These conditions are fulfilled now; and we can find ourselves in midst of a very tiring, intensive and difficult paper war. One additional condition for the land transfer is the redesignation of the school land from „agricultural“ into „commercial“ land (as we arranged buildings on the school area)... Many complicated formalities have to be done for this procedure as well; and a fee of 190.000 Rupees has to be paid.

This sum luckily was donated by our music teacher Klaus Chmiel (Prema). The land transfer will also demand a fee of more than two Lakhs of Rupees..

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Helga Shanti under the sun roof

 

The recognition of the school – which has to be renewed in 2014 for the next 10 years – is linked with the land transfer. The tremendous paper war became even more difficult because of the long-lasting strikes; we had to deal with irregular timings of the responsible officers, change of officers because of the elections being conducted in March, April and May and last not least with absent officers or closed offices. Our endeavour to have success without bribe money is very difficult as the majority of the officers is demanding a personal advantage; the average officer does not have the consciousness to do service or something beneficial for the public people… A lot of patience and perseverance is actually necessary for us to finalize this most important issue…

The video „Das Maedchen, das fuer 6 Minuten die Welt zum Schweigen brachte (The girl silencing the world for 6 minutes)“ shows an event already happening more than 20 years before- but it is still worth to be seen and very touching! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj00vO48MTk

Thank you and with cordial greetings,

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

 

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

 

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

 

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7th class students prepare a “Nature fridge”

Shanti Ananda Newsletter 7/2013

 

Herbert Fruendt, in the background Prabhavathi and Horst Wagner

 

On November 22nd my brother Herbert Fruendt (one of the main donors) - arriving on the school area - was welcomed very heartily and in a very creative way by students, teachers and the other staff members. From the entrance area up to the road in the north of the area they formed a long impressing honour guard, and a big drum handled by coordinator Chandra Mohan announced Herbert’s arrival in the total area around. Children and staff people threw lots of flowers onto Herbert Fruendt, Herbert Mueller, Horst Wagner and me – more than 20 kg (!). Herbert Fruendt felt like a king and was deeply touched.

Herbert Fruendt and Prof. Dr. Juergen Weyer gave the money for all our buildings and are ready to do this for our class rooms as well; the first two houses (for Lower and Higher Kinder Garden) are nearly completed. After short time the construction of class houses 3 and 4 will be started; in 2015 all the class houses should be completed. They will form the shape of a spiral (seen from a bird’s view); every Academic year the students will shift into the next house till they arrive in the last class house at the end of the spiral near to the entrance gate. Like this they leave the Upper Primary School and move into the „world“, mostly into the High School.

On November 25th all the teachers in a workshop were busy with planning a meaningful arrangement of the class houses on the school area; on the next day they went across the area to fix the position of the houses under the guidance of site manager Horst Wagner. The participation of all the related teachers is very important to us as it guarantees their satisfaction later on.

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Teachers and staff members fixing the position of the class houses

Our school land was purchased in March 2010; since then we realize the vision of a creative Nature Concept School by constructing our buildings – in the backward State Andhra Pradesh in the drought area Anantapur District in the rural area of Mudigubba (in 40 km distance to the famous pilgrimage place Puttaparthi). Horst Wagner, site manager and architect, stands for a very creative architecture with high quality standards; the main buildings are constructed in octagon shape surrounded by a veranda. This type of construction guarantees – including the wind pervious Kerala roofs – the best cooling effect which is most important in this hot area with temperatures of more than 44 degrees in the Indian summer. The glass domes on top of the buildings are very attractive looking like precious stones. Our eco bricks and nature stones (granite stones and round stones) are the main material for the buildings.

Google Earth photo of the school area (the red numbers indicate the buildings)

The Google Earth photo shows – as it is more than one year old – not the newest development; but it gives nevertheless a good survey of the buildings.

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Entrance gate seen from our area

The marvellous entrance gate (0) is located on the higher side of the area sloped to the water tank at the lower side – smaller or bigger depending on the season. From here we have a fascinating view to the area:

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View from the entrance gate to the area

The construction office (1) was the first building on the area not yet constructed with our eco bricks. Meanwhile it is nearly completely covered with plants and climbers and gives the impression of a pure nature house…

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View to the construction office

On the east side of the area right to the construction office the brick fabrication hall is located (2) used as storage and drying space for clay bricks, but also as parking area for motorcycles, workshop space for our carpenter and hospital space for out second horse Tara. The hall consists of two plains: in the down one the brick machine from Auroville has its permanent place producing the natural clay bricks under high pressure. Beside the hall there is a storage room (3) for a variety of tools, machines and materials.

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Brick fabrication hall with horse Tara

The guest house (4), located a bit out of the way, is used in a multi-functional way. Guests will stay here, but some classes (art and music) are arranged here as well; and sometimes society and parents meetings take place.

Herbert Fruendt on the guest house veranda

The big representative administration building (5) – nicely visible from the entrance gate – contains seven rooms (head master office, society office, staff room, library, computer room and two labs for physics and biology) and a big extended entrance area; except the head master office all the rooms are used as temporary class rooms. The entrance area is used for classes, workshops, presentations and exhibitions; very recently we arranged two long pin boards for exhibiting some of the students‘art works. The entrance area will be covered with a beautiful glass roof corresponding with the glass dome aesthetically.

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View to the entrance area of the administration building

The Green class room (6) – an octagon iron skeleton nearly completely covered with blue climbers is very much beloved by all the students.

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Green (or blue?) class room

The small Watchman and gardener houses (7) located near to the entrance gate serve as class rooms for our youngest children in Lower and Higher Kinder garden. A toilet and kitchen house was arranged additionally for the usage of two families; two small kitchens and two bath rooms were constructed separately as the Indian house wives don’t like to cooperate too much…

Watchman and Gardener houses with kitchen and bathroom house (right side)

Behind the administration building the toilet house (8) is located – as well erected in octagon shape. The water for the toilet needs is taken from a separate water tank. As the pressure of the water from the distant central water tank on the area is not sufficient the additional tank became compulsory.

 

 

It is painted as a globe; the stand was decorated in a very artistic style showing a variety of nature views. The globe is attracting many gazes symbolizing the orientation of our pedagogy to Mother Earth.


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Toilet house (in the background the water tank painted as globe)

Weekly more than 3300 litres of water are used for toilet purpose; after completion of the basins additional water for hand washing will be used… We need a waste water system urgently. Three containers arranged in a line on the slope area will be filled with stones, coal and sand filtering the water like this; the cleaned water flowing into a small pond at the lowest level will be used for watering our trees. A waste water system like this has to be built by our masons; the complete expenditures will be 94.000 Rupees approximately.

I want to ask you very politely and as well urgently to donate for this important waste water recycling system. Please help us to erect an eco-sustainable school! It is our deep wish to use the resources of Mother Earth very carefully in a meaningful way; and we want to be a model for the Anantapur District and may be for Andhra Pradesh... Thank you very much for your precious help!

Thank you and with cordial greetings,

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

 

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

 

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Glass dome in the centre of the administration building

Shanti Ananda Newsletter 1/2014

 

3 D Flower picture by 1st class students

First I want to wish you a very Happy New Year 2014!

 

Topics of this newsletter are

  • Our cultural function on 12th December2013
  • The Creativity Progress Exhibition on 6th January 2014
  • The Project Week „Flower Plants“ (20th – 24th January)
  • Republic Day (26th January)
  • Karate Classes
  • and the planned 8th class

 

On 7th January after two months we had an exhibition of the creativity periods’ results once again. The administration building, containing the temporary classrooms for the classes 1 – 7, is a very beautiful and stylish ambience for the fantastic and colourful exhibits made by students. We could admire a string instrument prepared by the 7th class, many marvellous pictures – some of them with textile elements, houses of clay and many more items worth seeing. Viewing the abundance of creative results my heart was jumping of joy... I liked especially a small boat running with battery power in the fountain in the centre of the building directed by the children with a self-built remote control; the water reflected the most charming glass dome and the children’s heads...

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Battery run small boat in the fountain

On the cultural function on 12th December 2013 the students showed various presentations of high quality; the dances and dramas made visible and obvious that not only creativity, but as well meditation, yoga and as well Karate are very important in the daily life of our school.

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Guests at the beginning of the function on stage

Parents, teachers, employees and as well 21 westerners from Puttaparthi enjoyed the function with much interest and were fond of performance and atmosphere.

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Dance presentation of the 6th and 7th classes

Highlights were as well the spontaneous musical presentations of Klaus Chmiel (Prema) – our new music teacher conducting the Bhajana singing every Friday and afterwards teaching music - and Horst Wagner in the break after the children’s show. The children started to sing also…. Afterwards the school uniforms (two for each child) were distributed by guests and employees to the students.

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Teacher Riyaz, Music teacher Klaus Chmiel (Prema) and School Area Designer Horst Wagner

The guests from Puttaparthi received lunch in the guest house. The mixture of this special day had been successful, and the visitors‘ feedback was very positive.

Our 6th project week (20th – 24th January) was dedicated to flower plants – an idea of headmaster Raja Sekhar: 333 plants for the enhancement and decoration of the school area were presented; all the activities were linked to this topic.

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Meeting of teachers and students‘ group leaders preparing the week

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Plan of the Project Week

For the very first time the complete project week was conducted not class wise, but group wise. The teachers gave proposals for the topics; and the students selected according to their interest and motivation; for the smallest ones not yet able to decide a lottery was arranged. This procedure enabled new experiences in mixed age groups: 7th class students cooperated with kinder garden children getting fresh types of contacts like this. According to the students‘ wishes all the groups were unisex - either boys or girls. The children were very satisfied with this solution. Each group was led by one teacher and additionally by one student – one more new element. The students’ group leaders had the opportunity to train a new type of responsibility. A meeting of teachers and group leaders prepared the project week by discussing and arranging a fabulous plan.

Topics of the Project Week:

  • Painting and drawing
  • History and usage of plants
  • Dramas and Role Games
  • Preparation of the Rally through Mudigubba
  • Arranging of Name Boards for the plants
  • Cleaning of the area and surrounding
  • Photography and distribution of pamphlets
  • Knowledge about multiplying of plants
  • Naming the pots
  • Exhibition arrangement

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Students naming the pots and arranging decoration elements for the exhibition

The week had been planned in an excellent way. A big chart in the entrance area of the administration building gave a survey about all the details: the 10 topics, the names of the teams (they all had flowers‘ names), the team leaders (one teacher and one student) and planned activities for each day. The teachers sacrificed one day of the Sankranthi holidays. This is pure motivation!

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Flower masks for the rally in Mudigubba

 

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Rally through Mudigubba

The week was very colourful, inspiring and fascinating; and it was a big joy to observe the enthusiasm of the students. Many new challenges coming along could be mastered. Especially the younger children observing the older students’ activities very closely could profit. The older students however, had opportunity to profile themselves as advisors and leaders. The teachers as well had a lot of joy in this week; you could see the enthusiasm in their faces. May be in the next Academic Year more project elements might be included in the time table.

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Plantation at the police station

The activities of the first two project days were presented to all the involved persons on the third day. Two touching dramas were presented; photos could be observed on the big computer screen; flowers with name boards in pots with class and students‘ names were spreading a good atmosphere; the entrance area of the administration building had been decorated and arranged in a very charming and attractive way.

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Visitors of the exhibition in the entrance area of the administration building

On the fourth day the rally arranged by the Shanti Ananda Education Society through Mudigubba took place; a plantation action at the police station – inspiring the public people - was the highlight of the day.

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Centre of the building as temple: Shiva Lingam and flowers

The absolute highlight of the week was the exhibition on the fifth and last day, presenting the results of the week to everybody. We did already calculate with a huge interest because we had probably the biggest flower exhibition ever arranged in Mudigubba before – and we were flooded with masses of visitors!

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High School Students in front of the teddy bears stitched by teacher and librarian Munemma

Seven schools – two private (Sri Rama Public School and KVR E. M. School) and five Government Schools (Guddam Palli Thanda School, Boys‘ Government High School, Girls‘ Government High School, Surya Chandrapuram School and the Government Junior College) – came to us for visiting and admiring the exhibition and the area; some official persons like Mandal Revenue Officer, Bank manager, government teachers, three reporters (Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi, Vartha) and „quite normal“ visitors like parents, relatives, neighbours and friends.

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Mandal Revenue Officer (4. f. r.) receiving a puppy from the teddy bear collection

It was totally touching for all the involved persons to receive such a huge resonance. Totally more than 2100 (!) visitors had a look to our exhibition, most of them being the very first time on the area. Their feedback – written into special guest books and onto two green boards – was very positive. The exhibition was a big success for the school, especially for headmaster Raja Sekhar who had generated the idea for the topic. For me it was a deeply moving moment to be witness of this day – my long time vision of a creative school basing on love and self-motivation had been fulfilled and was accepted. It was a big event in Mudigubba; even on the next day (25th January) more visitors arrived. The final success meeting of the teachers was very happy, self-confident and joyful because rewarded by big success.

On the next day (26th January) Republic Day was celebrated reminding everybody of the history of the country. The flag was hoisted, some speeches were held, and small presents were distributed to the children.

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School Area Designer Horst Wagner and Headmaster Raja Sekhar

Karate Classes on the school area

Since two months our repertoire is enriched by Karate classes being arranged twice weekly. Two teachers teach boys and girls separately. Students starting with the 4th class participate in this activity. Especially for the girls this sport is very helpful enabling them to protect themselves, and in general Karate is good for body training, discipline, concentration and self-confidence.

Since one year there is a new education law in India: The class 8 – up to now belonging to the High School – will be joined to the Upper Primary School; and the High Schools will be extended up to 12th class. Before the Upper Primary Schools had classes up to 7th standard and the High School till 10th standard. This change means an adjustment to the international education standard and has to be welcomed. That’s why we will not have students leaving to the High School in this Academic Year 2013/2014. One more class room on the area is needed: totally ten (up to now we planned nine rooms totally). The first two classrooms are nearly completed. I will give a report about the progress of the buildings in the next newsletter.

Thank you and with cordial greetings,

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

 

 

 

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

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Administration Building with Flower Decoration

Shanti Ananda Newsletter 6/2013

 

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Rain ceremony in front of administration and toilet buildings (seeglobe right side)

 

Since July one time monthly a rain ceremony is arranged on the Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School premises for motivating the higher power to send rain to our area – the monsoon in this season did not bring too much precipitation… On the last school area meeting I told the following story - written by me at the age of seven - to coordinator Chandra Mohan and headmaster Raja Sekhar. May be at that young age I felt already that fate would send me into this drought area later…

 

A puddle tells its story

Once upon a time there was a small puddle.

As there was no rain it became smaller and smaller.

The tiny puddle was afraid to dry off and started crying desperately.

It cried and cried; and because of many tears it became bigger and bigger.

At the end it was a small pond; many frogs came and sang in a chorus.

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Exactly on that day (August 31st) a big cloud formation arrived in the evening bringing heavy rain of several hours. Some days in sequence even heavy rain fall was observed… Now we should be able to cover our water needs on the area at least for the next three months. Nevertheless in the worst case it might become necessary to buy water in future (for watering plants, toilet and shower needs and drinking water- which has to be filtered additionally).

 

The Nature Day in August concentrated onto the topic “Clean” including practical actions like cleaning toilet basins, collecting and sorting waste material); but of course small dramas and a picture exhibition were presented as well.

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Boys cleaning the toilet basins

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Girls cleaning the toilet basins

The topic “Cleanliness” is most important for us – not only because it is a major issue everywhere in the country. Many places look like garbage dumps: even the biggest ashram in India (Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthy) threw huge amounts of poly styrene (main material for festival gates) to the roadside outside of the town. Public toilets are difficult to be found and will be cleaned with a lot of negligence. This activity - according to the average consciousness of the people - can be done by low caste members only; it is not “suitable” for other cast members to do this. They prefer to have dirty public toilets…For western persons it is it is very difficult to have inner peace with this mind set and its consequences. But we try to implement a new hygiene consciousness in our Nature Concept School – and it seems to work. Cleaning became a normal part of the daily life.

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Teacher M. Saraswathi with students in front Nature Day Letters of grass

 

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Independence Day Celebration on the school area

On August 15th Independence Day was celebrated. The August 2013 was a very critical month as there was strike in our region Rayalasseema; the strike is still going on… The reason for striking was the decision of the central government in Delhi to separate the State Andhra Pradesh. Two new states generated: Telangana and Seem Andhra (consisting of Rayalasseema and Andhra). Many inhabitants in Rayalasseema don’t agree with the decision of the central government (while the inhabitants of Telangana are very happy with it) and started to strike on August 1st. Roads were blocked, shops and banks had to close; many demonstrations and rallies were arranged. Unluckily he strike was performed on the back of students; the strike committees (Samaikyandhra)- led or largely influenced by government teachers - put massive pressure onto schools to close, ignoring the important law of 2010(right for education).

The Shanti Ananda School till now (15.9.) is the only school in Mudigubba (a Centre of the strike movement) conducting normal classes (!). Headmaster Raja Sekhar and coordinator Chandra Mohan negotiated with the Teachers’ Organization JAC which is very close to Samaikyandhra; “generously” they gave the permission to our school to go on with the normal school life (this was a special permission not granted to Government and normal Private Schools). On September 12th the electricity laborers started to strike what might lead to more power cuts. It is very bewildering what is possible in this country…

 

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Project Manager/Architect Horst Wagner gives prices to the students

In spite of these circumstances we had a beautiful Independence Day celebration; speeches were held, the Indian flag was hoisted, and prices were given to many students. A Games’ and Sports’ Day had been arranged on the area ten days before:

 

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Students celebrating the Games and Sports Day – expressing their joy of living

 

 

Tag-of-war of the Kinder Garden students

 

Our students love and appreciate the new area very much: often the children don’t want to go to their houses in the evening because they feel comfortable here. Indeed the area with a size of more than 9 Acres is a huge adventure playground giving many optionsfor lots of activities. Peace and harmony are present whereas the sound level is often unbearable in the town of Mudigubba. The students have active responsibility for plants and cleanliness supporting

their self-consciousness. Our pedagogy focuses onto practical doing and experiences not usual at most of the other school. We encourage the children to take active possession of their environment.

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Class in the beloved Green Classroom

 

From now on the seventh class has co responsibility for our school library of more than 1100 books. We have a part time librarian; but the temporary class room is the library room - creating this structure in a meaningful sense.

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View to the library books in new shelves

The library books have been released from jail (in the old school all the books were stored in steel cupboards, crowded and hardly available), everybody is happy about this change… Since 2008 each class already has a weekly library period, but a free book access was not possible because of these circumstances. Now the 7th class students use every free minute for checking and reading the books what we like very much. The students additionally are very proud to enjoy the trust to share responsibility for the books.

 

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Raksha Bandan formation of the students

On August23rd the Raksha Bandan Festival is celebrated everywhere in India – the festival of friendship ribbons. Children prepare ribbons of different shapes and colors and tie each each other around the arm. We had a very creative high light: a living Raksha Bandan –„ribbon“ created by children in formation.

 

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Raksha Bandan Ritual

Traditionally the Raksha Bandan Festival means an agreement between siblings – the sister prepares a ribbon for the brother and ties it around his wrist; they promise to care for each other in future morally and spiritually.

 

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Vinayaka Nimajjanam (after the Pooja the Vinayaka statue is dropped into water)

 

One more important festival - celebrated in India every year- is „Ganesha“ or „Vinayaka Nimajjanam “. Ganesha – second son of Shiva and Parvathi – is the so called elephant god symbolizing a good start and good prospects. Many Ganesha statues are prepared for this popular festival adored by a big number of people. Prasadam (sacred sweets) will be distributed on this occasion as well.

Ganesha is a festival of creativity and as well of pollution; after the big and soundful processions when the statues are presented to the crowd they will be dropped into the water. In this way the statues – mostly made of toxic materials and painted with unhealthy colors – give a huge contribution to pollute the rare and precious water...

Headmaster Raja Sekhar took the wise decision that our students will prepare only eco sustainable Vinayakas/Ganeshas in future; the statues were prepared of natural clay and decorated with organic materials only. This step is very important and auspicious for the future; our school showed on September 11th that an eco friendly Ganesha festival is absolutely possible and of course most meaningful... Mallikarjuna, specialist for preparing Vinayaka statues of soil, did free service because he likes our school. The statue became most beautiful.

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Vinayaka Statue of Clay

Thank you and with cordial greetings,

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

 

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

 

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Children plant a cotton bush

Donations

Foreigners should give their donation to the

FCRA account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No.: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

India


German account:


Spendenkonto der Anahata Stiftung fuer Naturschule Mudigubba

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft

Kt-Nr.: 375 1241 124

BLZ: 700 205 00

IBAN: DE72700205003751241124

BIC: BFSWDE33MUE


Indian persons might give their donation to the

General account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No. 19073080607

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Mudigubba Branch

India

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