Shree Viswa Deep Gurukul Senior Secondary Vidyalaya and Prathmik Vidyalaya
The school is located in the state of Rajasthan, Northern India, in the district of Pali, nestled in the village of Jadan. This is the desert region of Rajasthan, dry & arid, and subject to long years of drought. Conditions are hard for those who live here - opportunities are limited. It is often the case that families cannot afford to send their children to school and frequently it is the girls that miss any chance of an education.
By the grace of His Holiness Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda Jadan's school was established in 2002, with an enrolment of 146 children from the villages of the surrounding district. The following year enrolments gathered momentum, with 266 children enrolling. Students age from 4 to 14 years old. By 2009, there were more than 900 students studying in classes from KG till 12th and beyond to college courses. The number of pupils had its peak with approximately 1350 pupils in 2014.
The school is registered with the Government of Rajasthan. The school provides education based on the government syllabus with a parallel syllabus teaching traditional Vedic culture. Excellent quality of staff and small class sizes ensure that students receive the best possible tuition. Education for girls is free, as it is for any child whose family cannot afford the annual fee. Their free education is made possible by funds received from international donors.
To date, generous donations from overseas have helped purchase school uniforms, sports equipment, laboratory equipment for physics, chemistry and biology labs, a library of books & CDs, one VCR and television, 22 computers and 9 school buses which travel every morning to collect the children, and take them home again at the end of the day.
The enormous success and rapidly growing number of students attending Jadan school has put an inevitable strain on the limited resources. To sustain the ongoing education of the children of this rural school, financial contributions are required each year.
One of the most remarkable projects of the Ashram is the “Gyan Putra” scheme that commenced in 1998. It is designed to provide financial support to school children from poor families. The major of their village and the school principals select these children The Gyan Putra scheme provides them with school fees, school uniforms and shoes, stationary and text books.
The school needs funds for building works, teaching aids and reading materials, furniture, sports and gymnastic equipment, audiovisual equipment, and computers. Through the work of H.H. Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, the dedication of the school teachers and the donations from the International Yoga in Daily Life community and the general public, the future is looking brighter each year for the students of the Jadan school.
For information on Gyan Putra program and how you can support this project, please visit the Gyan Putra website at www.gyanputra.org
Another possibility to make a donation or for information on how you can help, contact the Australian Association of Yoga in Daily Life on (07) 3252 2550