“Basic human values need to be encouraged in the classroom. A child is born with these values and a teacher needs to uncover them.” – Gurudev
Over the last three decades, The Art of Living is revolutionizing education in India. Importance has been given to promoting girl child education, reaching out to underprivileged sections of society, and integrating human values into the educational system.
It is only through education that social transformation and economic freedom can be sought. Today women are leaders who eptiomize the human values of caring, sharing and re-building societies free of stress and violence.
Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth (VVMVP) is an educational charitable trust committed to providing holistic education to children in rural areas. VVMVP started its first free rural school.
Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth provides free education, transport, uniforms, books, stationary and mid-day meals to all the students.
The story of this ‘One School’ has been the inspiration for setting up 92 such schools all over the country—not only in the rural areas but also in the interior tribal areas. 10,000 children from economically challenged backgrounds benefit annually.
"For the first time I feel that women are not beneath men—that we are equal and can do things equally well and even better.” - Shilpa, A VVMVP student since Standard II
"My daughter, Dukhi, is the first person in our entire family to be getting an education. The others do not even know how to read or write. So we are very grateful for this." - Jaba Soren, Jharkhand (Her daughter studies in a tribal school run by The Art of Living)
"My elder sister is a shepherd. I would also have done the same thing. However, The Art of Living volunteers approached my father and persuaded him to send me to the tribal school at Chakdah."- Bali Kiksu, West Bengal