Moosapet slum was identified by a few women who wanted to spend their time in service to others. They initially entered the slum to teach health hygiene to the women in the slum which gradually evolved as informal school for children who were employed as child labor in the nearby industries.
The rapport in the community was built gradually whilst liaising with the government for the slum dwellers for their water and sanitation facilities. Eventually a formal school Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir School recognized by the Government was officially started in the year 1996. The school not only provides free education but also provides free mid day meals, school uniforms, books and other amenities. The students are also supported for higher education as per their interest and constant counselling and guidance.
SRI SATYA SAI VIDYA MANDIR school aims to provide a solid and holistic educational foundation to children from slums and low income communities around Moosapet slums. All the students are either orphans, single parents or from economically lower strata of the society.
The school aims to bridge the learning gaps and ensure that the children pursue their education focusing on core values. School does not only focus on academic education but also on non-academic learning to mould and nurture confidence, self esteem and self-awareness amongst our students.
Our Curriculum and Assessment:
The school follows a structured curriculum for Telugu, English, Maths, Hindi, Science and Social Sciences from Grade 1 till Grade 10. A vertical progression of learning objectives for each subject ensures a steady and logical unfolding of learning at each level. Upholding the principle of holistic learning, the curriculum is implemented through a dual approach of ensuring conceptual understanding through lectures, demonstrations, and experiments as well as experiential learning through celebrations,events, field trips and workshops.
Assessments are conducted on a regular basis with the purpose of adapting the curriculum to meet the students’ needs. This allows us to record students’ performances on monthly intervals on an assessment rubric. An analysis of the student’s performance indicates the gaps in the teaching-learning spaces and the cycle of curriculum management is revisited so to teach students the way they learn best. This analysis enables students to identify students with remedial needs; students with learning disabilities and students who need a teacher’s stern eye and create solutions within the environment of the Learning Centre so that each student achieves their true fullest potential.
The Sri Satya Sai Vidya Mandir school is an effort towards instilling the faith, belief, and culture of “empowerment through education” in the minds of children from low-income communities to ensure that they pursue the path of knowledge, skills and values needed in order to break the restraints of illiteracy.
‘’Healthy mind in healthy body ‘’so goes the saying. Sports serve not only as a part of past- time physical exercise but also promote one’s power of concentration, self-confidence, integrity and team spirit. Sports enable a person to make mind and muscle work together to hit the required target. The students ‘participation in various sports expose them to victories and failures, teaching them to face the pairs of opposites with even mindedness. As the students participate in the march past it appears as though they are heading their way towards Godhood having successfully surpassed manhood.
Knowledge when becomes practical it is termed as wisdom by attaining which the students will be able to flourish in the field of their choice and confidently stand on par with their peers and seniors. The management of the college never compromises in providing the students with the best infrastructure.
In addition to imparting the students the knowledge required for practicals the lecturers give symbolic explanation of them in a unique way diving into the depth of spirituality.
While the students work in the garden, they are taught to get connected to nature’s blissful blessings and feel life in trees. The students are made to learn to express their gratitude to the plant life for oxygen rich air.
The girls are taught how the food we eat get transformed into blood and thereby designs our character. Thus the students learn to prepare sattvic food for a pure life and learn to shed off their ego and selfishness while they chop the vegetables.
Dance which is also called Panchama Veda is a form of vibration of the body and the mind which on being practised soothes the wounded minds of the people. Thus dancers form a part of the creation of Lord Brahma in spreading peaceful atmosphere with their graceful movements and serene smiles.
Music – It is well known to one and all that music fills the minds of the people with bliss. The lullaby sung by a mother comforts her baby to sleep. Music has the power to heal the bruised hearts with solace.
‘’The end of Education is character’’ – the Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthinikethanam college, which focuses its chief attention on moulding the character of the students, includes spirituality in the curriculum. The Bhagavad Geetha, the Upanishads, Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam are taught to the students in depth and are helped to apply the spiritual disciplines discussed in the class in their every day lives.
The lecturers who are adept in incorporating fun and entertainment in education adopt various methods for keeping the students always engaged. The dedicated teaching staff never seem to be tired of looking forward to include more and more innovative strategies to encourage the girls to mingle with one another and feel free with the lecturers to get their doubts clarified. In this connection the college stands similar to the teacher- and -the taught relationship maintained in Gurukula Education of our ancient times.