Free of charge and holistic school education

The Ananya Niketanam School is a boarding school and starts from the 6th year of school. The school was founded in February 2019. It is located directly on the beautiful turtle coast in the Udupi district of Karnataka, India. At the moment, teaching is still taking place in temporary premises, as the construction of the planned school will not be completed until 2021/22. Currently, 94 students are taught at Ananya Niketanam School However, one class is added per year. By 2024 there will be a total of 300 pupils.

The Ananya Niketanam School is one of already 37 partner schools in 18 districts of the Indian states of Karnataka and Telangana, with a total of 5000 pupils at present. No school fees are charged. The costs are covered exclusively by private donations. The special feature of these schools is that they offer a high quality education with a holistic, value-oriented approach to education. This enables the children to develop into strong personalities with outstanding intellect, a compassionate heart and competent hands. There are schools for both girls and boys.

All educational institutions are located in rural areas where children do not have access to quality education. With an average area of 10 hectares and away from populated areas in the middle of nature, these schools offer the most favourable environment in which a child can grow up.

Education as a service to society is offered free of charge: Quality education is a fundamental right and not a privilege of a few who can afford it. Education received as a gift from society is later put at the service of society. It brings more responsibility and a healthy affiliation between the individual and society through selfless giving: "All for one and one for all".  

The fully inhabited school grounds are designed as modern Gurukulas where the children live in close contact with their teachers. This enables teachers to participate and contribute to all aspects of a child's growth.

The „Guru-shishya“-tradition, which is strong at these locations, is conducive to both teaching and receiving learning.

In addition to academic excellence, the children are also taught life skills. A foundation of values prepares them for life and not just for earning a living.

Community life, sports, art, culture, spirituality, frugal living, social responsibility, leadership development and independence are all aspects of life on campus.

Active participation and thrifty living are inseparable from life on campus. This promotes the independence of the children. For example, the maintenance of the vegetable gardens, the dairy farm on campus, and the upkeep of the campus are taken care of by the students.

Children grow up in an environment that makes them aware of nature and the environment. Green campus initiatives, sustainable water use, energy self-sufficiency through use of solar energy are standard on the school grounds..

Offering something for free does not necessarily mean that you have to be satisfied with just the bare essentials. Even if education is provided free of charge, the facilities and infrastructure are of modern standards. Libraries, scientific laboratories, sports, computer centre - all are equipped with the best equipment.