Free of charge and holistic school education

The Ananya Niketanam School is a boarding school and starts from the 6th school year. The school was established in February 2019. It is located directly on the beautiful Turtle Coast in the Udupi district of Karnataka, India. At the moment, classes are still being held in temporary rooms, as the construction of the planned school has not yet been completed. Currently, 63 students are being taught at Ananya Niketanam School However, one class is added each year. A total of 300 students are planned.

The Ananya Niketanam School is one of already 29 partner schools in 18 districts of the Indian states of Karnataka and Telangana, with currently a total of 5000 students. No school fees are charged. The costs are borne exclusively by private donations. The special feature of these schools is that they offer a high-quality education with a holistic, value-oriented upbringing. This enables the children to develop into strong personalities with excellent 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.

Quality education is a fundamental right and not a privilege of a few who can afford it. The students, who have received the education as a gift, will later put what they have learned back into the service of society. This makes the students more responsible to the society. In this way, the principle of "all for one and one for all" is realized.

The residential schools are designed as modern Gurukulas where children live in close association with their teachers. This allows teachers to participate and collaborate in all aspects of a child's growth.

Gurukula (Sanskrit गुरुकुल) means. House of the teacherIt refers to the traditional Indian method of education and training, according to which the student lived in the house of his teacher, served him, and was instructed by him in the practical context of life.

The „Guru-shishya“-tradition (teacher-student tradition) is conducive to both teaching and receiving learning.

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

Community life, sports, arts, culture, spirituality, frugal living, social responsibility, leadership development, self-reliance are all aspects taught in campus life.

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 free of charge does not necessarily mean settling for only the bare essentials. Even if education is offered free of charge, the facilities and infrastructure meet modern standards. Libraries, labs, sports, computer center – all are equipped with the best equipment.