The H2 Apparels Community School opened in July with 150 students enrolling for their first semester. There are ten members of teaching staff and three others to assist the school. The children come from fifty outlying villages in the rural areas surrounding Palamaner in South India, and many of their parents work in the H2 Apparels’ Factory.
Author Geetha Waters, Vice President of STEP (Students, Teachers, Educators and Parents), says the school is fortunate to have purchased three buses to provide daily transport to children to and from class, thanks to the generosity of Mother Theresa’s College in Palamaner.
H2: based on holistic principles
The H2 Community School is a co-educational facility based on holistic principles being promoted by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Secretary of STEP, V. Nagabhushanam, is the Director of the Community School. Bhushanam and his staff of new graduate teachers are settling down to the enormous responsibility of guiding students and each other towards creating an atmosphere where learning is celebrated for its own sake as originally proposed by Jiddu Krishnamurti during the 1940s.
Whereas traditional education inadvertently points to the acquisition of knowledge as the pinnacle of human intelligence and accomplishment, holistic education extends interest in the fact of learning as evidence of intelligence in operation. The purpose of holistic education is to enable children to feel fully engaged and empowered to appreciate the great scope of human intelligence without needlessly succumbing to the compulsive desire to get things right all the time!
We wish the new school a happy and eventful year and hope to work with them to explore, investigate and discover new avenues of learning.