Samagra Shiksha Kendra is a school for children of farmers in Kulesra village in Greater Noida who do not have access to formal education.
Especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have been cut off from formal education and miss regular school classes due to lack of access to online learning. The school is currently accommodating and supporting children by organising remedial classes and brings in general informal education to them within their locality and is airy, open and well-ventilated, further contributing to their health and wellbeing.
The school pedagogy focuses on holistic education and sustainability. The school teaches students important and wide-ranging concepts related to sustainability like growing own food, recycling waste, protection of our environment, then self-care, alphabets and basic maths in a participatory and engaging manner, then there's also space for play and joy through activities outside the classrooms. Overall the Samagra Shiksha Kendra provides a space for children where they can express, explore and where their self-esteem is promoted through various tools of appreciation and acknowledgement.
History & Architecture
The school has a rich history as it was given a second life by The Child Trust. It used to exist as the Van Phool school at Yamuna Khadar which was built with a unique modular design in 2017 and had to be relocated & rebuilt in 2019.
The school has been internationally recognised after being awarded the Beazley Design of the Year 2020 in Architecture for its light, low-cost and modular design called Modskool created by Social Design Collaborative. It uses sustainable and low-cost local materials in harmony with the school's teaching approach. It also features the local craft of charpai weave in its doors and windows giving it a unique and vernacular identity.
Mask distribution to children during COVID-19 Pandemic
International Yoga Day Celebration 2021
Training on Organic Agriculture at the Centre in 2020 & 2021