“The right kind of education while encouraging the learning of a technique, should accomplish something which is of far greater importance; it should help man to experience the integrated process of life.” J. Krishnamurti
The areas of our Education Programs include
1) Sanctuary Schools
2) Teacher Enrichment
3) Design of educational resources for rural communities
4) Environment Education
Sanctuary Schools – Education for children of the tribal communities
The Sanctuary Schools were set up in 2004 specifically for children from 5 remote tribal villages located on the fringes of the Wildlife Sanctuary. (History of Sanctuary Schools)
The intent of Sanctuary Schools is, to nurture a creative, intelligent and integrated human being.The educational program values compassion, culture, traditional knowledge, lives of the people and local ecology. The learning attempts to integrate ecological conservation and education, besides introducing traditional knowledge and livelihood skills.
The sanctuary schools are Government recognized. We provide free education, mid-day meals, clothes, textbooks, notebooks and other school supplies, free of cost. (Features of Sanctuary School). The schools are run with community involvement. The education materials are created taking into consideration the local culture, traditions and practices. (How do we run the Sanctuary Schools ?) We have setup a Resource Center that trains the teachers, creates training materials & also manages a small library to share resource across these various schools.
Since 2004, this project have made a difference in the lives of children of tribal community. This is truly inspiring and motivates us to do more. (Sanctuary Schools – Making a difference)
Teacher enrichment, a very important component in the education program provides an opportunity for teachers from rural schools to interact with experts from different disciplines such as literary scholars, scientists, mathematicians and artists.
KEEP conducts environment education programmes for students of schools and colleges. This programme provides an opportunity for students to live close to nature, participate in forest conservation activities and interact with local communities. The Center provides guidance for field studies and project work to individual students.
This is an ideal place to conduct field studies in Ecology, Biology, Geography, Forestry, Conservation, Natural Resource Economics, Sociology and Anthropology. All this with the aid of our experienced staff and a growing Nursery and Germ-Plasm Bank.
Students visiting Kaigal work on the land, learn nursery techniques, help in land care activities such as constructing rain water trenches, afforestation, seed collection for the germ plasm bank and so on.