Agrini Public School was setup in 2014 as a space where children, teachers and parents can together create an all round learning and nurturing environment. The school is based out a village called Kurai in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Kurai lies on one side of a gentle hillock that neighbours the iconic Pench Tiger Reserve. Given its geographical limitations, the village suffers from lack of skilled manpower and resources. To overcome this, Agrini Public School began training local youth on teaching and learning processes. Through partnerships and associations with diverse Government and non-Government organisations, the school now has multiple teachers and parents engagement programs. Agrini also carries out experiential learning programs with students of neighbouring schools.
The school campus is a place where educational innovators are welcome to ideate and implement their concepts
HISTORY / THE BACK STORY
"After 25 years of traveling around the country, I was convinced that education is the only sustainable change. I didn’t have much to start with but I did have some ancestral land in my village Kurai. I had like-minded people around me and smiling children. And that was all I needed,” says Gourav, the engineer turned social entrepreneur who in less than a year, build a school in his village.
The school was started in 2014 in the tribal block Kurai in Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh India. Beginning with 62 children, the school is now home to 115 children aged 3 to 11 years coming from 5 neighboring villages.
Kurai’s only identity used to be that it lies on NH7 when you drive from Nagpur to Seoni. Now it is on its way to become an educational example. It is the first village to have a community run school, where villagers work along with school staff to run the school. Community plays important role in decision making, and is included in taking important financial and administrative decisions.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
In the coming 2 years Agrini targets to reach out to another 9 villages and develop this school as a resource center for all neighboring schools, to provide teacher's training, organize activities and provide additional facilities to children.
Agrini has been working in improving the quality and access of education since 2009. It’s first project Neev focussed in enhancing Aanganwadis (pre-schools in India). This was achieved by making child-friendly infrastructure, training teachers in making learning more fun for children, creating enjoyable curriculum and enabling schooling processes to be more accessible for parents.
Another interesting intervention by Agrini, is the Shikshalaya – an independent co-learning space for rural youth. This facility was created in the form of a library and a computer center stocked with donated computers and books. Shikhalaya has prospered into a self-learning zone, where the youth regularly explore their hobbies, exchange entrepreneurial ideas, debate on current issues and have fun.
Setting an example in community run institutions, Agrini Public School is an innovative community community school set up in the tribal block of Kurai, in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The campus is also used as a research and resource center for neighbouring Government Schools, where educational visionaries can brainstorm and work on their pilot projects.
Under the Swaraj umbrella of Agrini, rural interventions are planned around the Gandhian concept of de-centralised power in villages. Agrini works with rural communities, mostly youth by training them on laws and legal rights. They are apprised of Government policies ensuring that Gram Sabhas work actively and fairly. Agrini strongly believes in democratic processes and works towards improving their access to common man.
Rural youth are trained in carrying out social audits thus giving the power back to people. Elections are an important opportunity to secure a responsible self-governing future. To achieve this, Agrini’s volunteers facilitate the creation of public manifestos and also help the candidates to formulate their manifestos. Community institutions like the Self-help groups in villages play an important role in accomplishing Swaraj’s goals.