Henry David Thoreau, in the early 1800s, wrote about what he understood of Education. He said, “Education… makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.“
About a century later, Rabindranath Tagore, made a similar observation about the schooling system. He said, “School forcibly snatches away children from a world full of God’s own handiwork… It is a mere method of discipline which refuses to take into account the individual… a manufactory for grinding out uniform results.“
He went on to say what he thinks education should be, “I believe that the object of education is the freedom of mind which can only be achieved through the path of freedom.”
‘A Little Grove’, is an attempt to create a small space, where children are encouraged to participate in exploring their interests and concerns. An attempt to create a democratic learning and living space for children wherein different ways of knowing and learning are not only respected but also encouraged.
We do not follow any fixed curriculum. Different subjects and interests are offered and children participate in making their own timetable and curriculum. Children also take part in deciding how the centre functions and in cleanliness and maintenance of the space.
The centre is run by parents and children together with no fixed fees, but on ‘pay forward’ basis. We share with parents our cost and suggested contributions. In case some parent is not able to contribute the suggested amount, there is a space to talk and see what is comfortable. Parents who have the financial ability are encouraged to pay forward towards children who need financial assistance.
There is only so much we can say about the space. Words and websites have their own limitations. We welcome you to come and visit us. Come and spend some time with us and the children to see how it all works.