The Angels Haven school in a small rural Himalayan village continues to build its community with collaborative efforts and zeal even as the second wave of the pandemic hits India.

In November our farming and community library projects began and they’re gradually picking up momentum to integrate trans-disciplinary learning. During these challenging times, self-reliance through our farming activity is also bringing Gandhi’s vision to life. Learning through doing, growing our own vegetables and cereals, and sharing with others is the fulfillment of the community experience.

We are growing as a community of storytellers, story writers, and performing artists conducting community plays, folk songs, and dances. We participate in activities of building compassion and kindness for global citizenship through online contests that are fun and meaningful for both the children and adults of the community. Children have participated in poetry slams — rapping, singing, and composing their original songs about the pandemic and its effects. They also continue to make animation videos about the various activities in the community.

The online learning opportunities we provide give them exposure to many different perspectives. These seem to be a critical need of the hour for us. The children participated in the Bhoomi Project  (planet Earth) recently, learning to respect our Mother Earth and doing practical things to preserve and restore the resources of the Earth. We see immense value in encouraging children towards self-directed learning and peer mentoring as primary, essential components during the pandemic and beyond.

The teaching faculty is focusing on enhancing and honing their facilitating skills with webinars and guidance sponsored by global organizations. They’re learning the art of documentation and how best to share local resources.

It has been somewhat difficult to convince the parents of our farm community children to learn through doing. For them, what their children have been engaged with appears to be more like playing than studying. So…it has been a slow process for them to unlearn the way they learned and to transform old mental habits into new ones. We are nevertheless encouraged because our experiments with Education for Life (EFL) principles have been our mainstay and they’re guiding our journey on the road to harmony and creativity in the education of everyday living.

Joy and Blessings to All!

18 Comments

  1. Master’s vision of education is going out to many others.
    Very nice work 🙏☄
    Thank you for sharing Gayatri

    1. Thanks Aditya.Together, in service to Masters with deep gratitude! 😍🙏🎶🎊

  2. Beautiful description!
    It is a joy to see the community growing and glowing.
    Thank you, Gayatri ji!

    1. Thanks dear Namita, In Collective Energy, Jai Guru! 😍🙏🌏

  3. Beautiful, Gayatri, thanks, & bless you all! (And congrats on your new book!)

    1. Appreciate your response dear Dambara! In gratitude! 😍🙏

  4. Thanks, Gayatri for your efforts. This is truly encouraging.

    1. Thanks dear Suvernaji, in gratitude eternally! 👏😍🙏

  5. Inspiring–Thanks for sharing! Blessings on all your efforts. Master and Swami are surely very pleased.

    1. Thanks dear Mangala for your response ! Yes! With our beloved Swamiji s blessings always with us! 😍🌏🎉🌹

  6. Thank you, Gayatri, for your continuing efforts to bring EFL to India. Many blessings!
    Nitai

    1. In gratitude for EFL expansion India!!! 👏🎶🙌🏼🌏🎉😍

  7. Dear Gayatri,
    It was wonderful to read about this Himalayan School. Thank you for sharing. Master’s Blessings! 🌹👌❤😊

  8. Appreciate your response dear Sujata!! Hope someday we all can visit this Himalayan rural EFL inspired school in Uttarakhand! 😍🌏🙏❣️🌹🎶🎉🙌🏼

  9. It’s great initiatives. Truely inspiring. Keep up with your great work. Stay blessed.

  10. Appriciate to know the inspiring work you are doing. Keep it up.
    Thanks for sharing. Stay blessed always. 👌👍👏🌹💕

  11. Wonderful work Gayatri. May God Bless you and beautiful EFL communities. Such communities are the real hope for future generations. Keep on doing this great work, God’s and Master’s blessing are with you.

    In Divine Friendship
    Sudhir

  12. This is very exciting, Gayatri! Bless you for your sustained commitment in serving students and teachers through EFL principles!
    Love and blessings and gratitude,
    Priya

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