Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra

Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra

Shivanahalli

Ragihalli Post, Jigani Hobli, Anekal Taluk,

Bangalore Urban District

Email: rkmission.halli@gmail.com

Tel No: 080 27858022, 9483850176

 

Background of the school

 

Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra, Shivanahalli was started in 1991 under the aegis of Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Bangalore. The school is located around 30 KM’s from Bangalore, surrounded by Bannerghata National Park.  

 Swami Vivekananda’s dream of education through “Man Making and Character Building”, where assimilation of ideas is important and actualizing the potentials of every child, is attempted here in the school. The school aims to produce morally upright, emotionally stable, self-reliant, self-confident and intelligent individuals of this land. The school caters to students from Shivanahalli and its neighbouring thirteen villages/hamlets. The villagers primarily are illiterate and comprise of farm labourers and quarry workers.  Majority of the students are first generation learners.  

 The school lays emphasis on a set of “Core Values” which are inculcated and fostered in a supportive environment that respect the individual and the diversities they bring in. The school provides inputs to students to focus on their physical, emotional, cultural and moral development apart from their studies.  

 Kannada is the medium of instruction. Students are also exposed to Computers and English at a very early age. Hindi is taught from class 5 onwards. The school follows an enriched curriculum for Mathematics and Science drawing from international curricula.  The school provides mid-day meals to the students to nourish their daily activities, within the classroom and outside.  The school is adjacent to over 80 acres of forested land. This land is home to a variety of flora and fauna which is a natural open lab for the students.

 Mission and Vision

Vision

To provide all students with a value integrated quality education 

Mission

To strive among students for:

  • Value integration
  • Development of multiple intelligences
  • Life skills development

   Objectives

  1. To integrate values through subject based teaching
  2. To inculcate values through the school environment
  3. To nurture multiple intelligences in children
  4. To equip children with adequate and relevant life skills
  5. To provide opportunities for teachers to grow professionally

 While the objectives mentioned above are the long term goals of the school, the immediate expected outcomes are:

  1. Evolving a set of rubrics for assessing value inculcation in students
  2. Attempting an integrated grade score that includes academics, value inculcation and participation in sports & cultural activities
  3. Providing opportunities for children both inside and outside classroom, to nurture different intelligences among them
  4. Designing activities to equip children with essential life skills
  5. Ensuring resources are used optimally and effectively
  6. Giving periodic academic & pedagogic inputs to teachers by conducting trainings, and exposure visits
  7. Allowing teachers opportunities for pursuing higher education, if they so deem  
  8. Creating a synergy among the management, staff and community
  9. Sharing experiences with other interested schools and individuals

 The mission and objectives of the school comply with the statutory and regulatory requirements as well address the needs and expectations of the interested parties.

 Curriculum

The school follows the   Man   Making   and   Character Building (MMCB) Curriculum. The curriculum is based on Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and the content for subject knowledge is drawn from National and International Syllabi. 

 The focus of the MMCB curriculum is activity based teaching and contextual learning.  Its aim is to produce morally upright, emotionally stable and intelligent individuals. 

The curriculum has been structured under the following areas of study:

  • Languages

-       Kannada

-       English

-       Hindi (from class 5 onwards)

  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science (up to class 3)
  • Science (from class 4 onwards)
  • Social Science (from class 4 onwards)
  • Information and communication technology
  • Art and Craft
  • Physical Education

Accompanying text cum work books have been specially prepared for languages and subjects by a team of subject and pedagogic experts.  These books have been piloted among the students. 

The highlights of these books are:

  • Integration of values

Eighteen core values have been identified to be inculcated among children over a period of time.  These values have been listed along with learning outcomes across all subject areas.  In language books, a value is taken as the focus and an appropriate text chosen to reflect this value.  Activities suggested at the end of the text reinforce this value.  As to the core subjects, the primary values intrinsic to the teaching of these subjects are given prominence.  For example, appreciation, honesty, diligence are some of the values that are actively promoted through activities, exercises and biographies in science books. Each subject teacher has been oriented to plan activities to inculcate these values, as well as to assess them among children. Section 9 of the Policy Manual gives details on values and students overall development.

  • Concept based learning

In order to reduce gaps in the subject content of Mathematics and Science, we have attempted to map out the concepts given in the National Curriculum Framework’s (NCF) Syllabus for classes at the elementary level (NCERT, New Delhi; 2005) along with American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS),  Benchmarks for Science Literacy (Oxford University Press, New York; 1993); National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards (National Academy press, Washington, DC; 1996) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’, Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 1989). Needless to say, our enriched curriculum not only adheres to the stipulated syllabus of the Government of Karnataka but goes much beyond this.

This mapping exercise yielded core concepts in Science and Mathematics that children should understand at the end of their elementary education.  Accordingly, a spiral approach has been adopted to teach these concepts from classes 1 to 7.  For each concept, a variety of activities, exercises and worksheets are given. 

 Provision of Mid-day meal

 Students of the school are provided with nutritious vegetarian mid-day meal to help nourish their body and minds and help in their overall development. In addition, children of nursery and class 1 are given protein enriched milk. While, mid day meal is not supported by the Government, local community contribute some food materials towards mid day meal provision. A garden exists for growing vegetables for meeting kitchen needs.  Same quality food is served for all as part of the mid day meal.  

Project Kaanana

Ramakrishna Mission Shivanahalli has planned for “Sponsor a tree” scheme. The attached picture is one such place where afforestation is possible. Swamiji, out of his vast experience in the field of botany has selected different kind of saplings from Western Ghats so that a useful and diverse greenery is grown.

The estimate cost a single sapling to see it grow to a tree would be Rs. 400/- only, which incurs the following expenses:
1. Watering the plant for a period of 3 years from January to May and atleast 3 times in a month.
2. Labour charges.
3. De-weeding and Manure.

It is yet another opportunity for us to sponsor a tree, or any number of trees. The tree will be named after you when it stands tall. You are always invited to inspect how your sapling / plant is doing :)

We all know how important planting trees is, let’s join hands in making the planet greener and reducing the carbon footprint.

The Difference

“Once upon a time, due to strong tidal force lakhs of star fishes were been thrown to sea shore… One man(Lets call him as ‘MR Mercy’) was picking up one by one and throwing back to sea and was giving it a new Life…
One more guy(Lets call him as Mr. LetGo), came to Mercy and told him – “Do you think your effort is going to make a difference? See there are lakhs of them, can you give life to all of them? I think your efforts are all in-vain”…
To this our MR. Mercy replied – “I know I can’t make difference to all…” and he took one more star fish in his hand and told – “BUT IT MAKES DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE”…”

So are you up in making difference?

Summer Camp

Summer camp was organized in Ramakrishna Mission Shivanahalli in 2 batches. The first for higher primary and college going kids with a huge positive response and the second one (image attached) for primary school students. Students from many different villages had attained the Summer camp.

NEFT

 

Hi friends, its time now that we brace a organization with our shoulders to keep up the good work going on. RKMission Shivanahalli has been serving in many fields since years and this would be our bit of chance to extend help towards the people who are already working in this cause.

Help could be of any sort: Financial help with regular funds of whatever amount you feel for every month, voluntarily coming over and serving at the programmes already taken up by RKMission Shivanahalli, ideas, suggestions, education etc. For many of you software engineers, there is also opportunity to write down amazing softwares for the ideas which are lined up. Anything anything, just speak out!

For now, since most of us salaried guys should have got our salaries and since this is the beginning of new financial year, it would be best for us to start donating some money towards the organization in monthly fashion. Please schedule your NEFT transfers for automatic transaction for whatever amount you feel is good every month. You would be getting receipts which can be produced for tax exemption under 80G section. The account details have already been mailed to everyone, if not let us know here we would send out another mail to you. Also, please do mention your name in the transaction so that receipts could be handed out to you. Would love to hear from you all.

Any doubts, please comment here or you could mail RKMission Shivanahalli at: rkmission.halli@gmail.com

Thanks.