Guest Features

The Pallavanjali Institute for Actualization of Individual Potential Journey by Krishna Das

Pallavanjali Institute for Actualization of Individual Potential (PIAIP) is a career training program for students who are 18+. We started in 2006 when we realized that students with special needs did not have any alternatives to college education. Many students are not reader-writers or may not have the cognitive ability to make decisions or sustain a job without interventions. We started with 7 students with special needs in 2006. Read more

The Paradise Valley Journey by Mahesh Varma and Learnings during the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Inclusion Team share their Experiences

Honestly, I don’t know Adams from Adam and am quite surprised that he even came to know that I actually ended up being where I needed to be instead of where I wanted to be.
Life is strange. I should have started my education in Kolkata (was Calcutta then) where my father was posted, but instead went to a boarding school in Patna and it was only later that I realised it was Patna where I needed to be because of the amazing set of friends I made and because of the absolutely wonderful education that I received in my school. Read more

Adaptive Abilities of our Teachers by Benu Khanna, Director, Pallavan Jhalawar

In times of COVID 19 when shutdowns seem to have become the order of the day, and life all around us seems to have come to a standstill, Pallavan was the first school in Jhalawar to come up with a novel idea to continue classes for their students. At Pallavan School Jhalawar all the students from Nursery to grade 12 are attending virtual classes. Our teachers are able to connect with our students in far off areas like Asnawar, Ratlai, Bakani, (approximately 30 to 35 Kms from our school). Harigarh and Khanpur and conduct online classes successfully. Read more

Muscat Musings by Denise Roache

The enforced paralysis of our interactive lifestyle due to the stringent COVID-19 mitigation strategies has us all reflecting, redesigning, rethinking and re-evaluating our life as we have known it. For myself, employed in a new country at a start-up school, it is perhaps the collateral gift of time that we so rarely have access to! It is an opportunity to look back at the last six months of our inaugural academic year and our endeavors to establish the unique inclusive culture that is Paradise Valley Private School in Muscat, Oman. Read more

Lockdown at Second Chance School

The lockdown has affected all sections of society differently, with the ever- increasing number of infected cases along with the overwhelming migrant crisis and the collapse of the health infrastructure of the country. Ritinjali is an effort to provide access to quality education and skill development in various parts of the country. Second Chance School, is a vibrant two year residential programme for youth who lost their first chance at education. Currently 43 boys from different parts of the country and abroad are a part of this programme. They were engaged in technical education, internships and jobs. Out of 43 boys 10 of them were not able to return to their hometowns and experienced lockdown in a different way. Since all of their engagement has been stalled for the near future they had a lot of time in their hands which they used very responsibly and effectively.Read more

Write-ups from the India Bhutan Bhutan Youth Summit and the Asia Pacific Schools Initiative Alumni

We contacted our alumni from the India Bhutan Youth Summit and Asia Pacific Schools Initiative to see how they were coping with the pandemic and the changes it has brought to their lives. They wrote back about what has helped them deal with the current situation and the shift in teaching and learning.Read more