Here is the new logo for the Shanti Ananda Nature School! A tree is growing in the centre of a rose (logo of the ‘Shanti Ananda Education Society '). Or is this not a tree, but two human shapes? Or even a yoga practitioner? The logo allows several interpretations and yet clearly stresses nature as the most important element in the foreground. Origin and basis is the rose - symbol of the love, which we want to have in our pedagogy basically. At the centre is the OM -beginning of each creation.
Children on their way to the class after lunch break
In the last two months our students have been very successful once again: in two Karate Championships and (for the first time) in a Yoga Championship.
Winners of the All-India Karate Championship in Kadiri on 27./28.1.2018
We are very proud of the brilliant success of the children ... Sporting activities are very much supported by us; the committed yoga instructors B. Prabhavathi and A. Saraswathi, as well as the bustling Karate teacher Shaksha Shaik, motivate the children to remarkable achievements. Also in other areas, our students are good: after a small dance show on Childrens' Day (14.11.), Banwari Bhupal - our Canadian friend and supporter - gave us the feedback that this show was better than anything he had seen before. And he truly knows many schools in India (he founded the Foundation 'Sai Sewa Canada' and visited many schools already...) Headmaster Raja Sekhar emphasizes that our students can create 'off the peg' - dance and dramatic performances or artistic presentations. I attribute this special ability to our school philosophy and our timetable. Half of the school day our students spend with "extracurricular activities" (meditation, art, drawing and painting, creativity, gardening, cycling and cycle repair, yoga, games, dancing, "master drill", karate, sport, free work, Bookshop, computer, stories and drama). In other schools in India, most of the entire (full-day) school day consists of "academic" subjects such as math, (social) science, general knowledge and languages (Telugu, Hindi, English), so that one-sided cognitive skills are encouraged ... Often this "brain wash" means that the children switch off and only learn for the exams – what means in the end, they learn next to nothing, because the accumulated "exam knowledge" will be forgotten quickly ... And it is well known that Finland has the best school system - there is no homework, and the school day is shorter than anywhere else. The childish game is rated very high there - the reason for the success?
Jumping Games of the Girls before the Republic Day (25.1.2018)
Our multiple activities - in which the teachers can act freely - empower the children in a variety of ways and complement the "academic" subjects. But also these are offered differently: due to our approach "learning with head, heart and hand" the lessons are more colourful regarding media and methods and also child-centred: the children's activities play a major role in the classroom. Last but not least, projects are regularly carried out by us (once a month a project day and once a year a project week). The Headmaster and I regularly evaluate the lessons; we provide the teachers with surprise visits, which will be discussed later. This concept (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHOBj6SsMeY) leads to high quality. In addition there is the orientation towards "nature" as well as a large and diverse school area, which supports a variety of activities.
William Nanda Bissell, managing director of the successful "Fabindia" chain, defines poverty in his book "Making India Work" as "lack of adequate nutrition, clean water, basic sanitation, education, enforced fundamental rights and basic medical care". For poverty reduction we make the following contributions:
With our help for self-help we promote and support the initiative and personal responsibility of students, parents, teachers and employees in Mudigubba. Through our school, we contribute to a peaceful and conscious society in India.
Afternoon play of children of grade 6
Thanks to the company "Yogistar", we were able to decorate the amphitheater (assembly hall for about 500 people) with a mosaic, which was used for the first time on Republic Day (26.1.). In the meantime, we have nine mosaics on the school grounds and are therefore an art project (not to mention our very special architecture, to which I will soon dedicate a special newsletter) in addition to school and reforestation project! I would like to point out here on my blog about mosaics: www.natureconceptschool.org/blog/mosaics-and-unity.html.
Since the flood in October 2017 the water level of the lake where our property is located, has declined significantly; but a small part of the school area is still flooded - and the flood has caused some decay. Not only trees died, but paths and roads have been destroyed as well. The area looks wild at the moment and needs to be restructured ... By the way; we plan to grow vegetables soon – organic quality, of course. Maybe like this, some extra income can be generated ...
Since the Shanti Ananda Organic Products Pvt. Limited has not generated any notable income by the sale of Moringa Oleifera powder (we had hoped for these income-generating activities), we are still dependent on donations. The very moderate fees we had to introduce last year, cannot change this situation. The monthly need for our project is 5000 Euro approximately. I would therefore ask you to continue to support us.
Horse Swathi in front of the classroom 4
With cordial greetings,
Helga Shanti Fründt
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
Indian persons should give their donation to the
Shanti Ananda Education Society
Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511
Andhra PragathiGrameena Bank
Account No. 19073080607