OF RISHI VALLEY EDUCATION CENTRE
In 1926, when J. Krishnamurti decided to set up his first
educational institution, this remote valley located near his
birthplace in Madanapalle was the site he chose.
Since that time until a few months before is death in 1986,
Krishnamurti visited Rishi Valley nearly every winter. His
enquiry into the human condition and insights in education
were shared with several generations of students, teachers
and those involved with the care of the land. Krishnamurti
created no 'blue-print' for what a school should be. However,
the passionate concerns he articulated remain the basis of
the school and all its endeavours.
The educational programme of the school evolved through several
phases that include pioneering innovations in educational practices,
infrastructure building, a widening circle of students and
teachers, and the working out of a meaningful curriculum that
is regularly reviewed and updated.
Since the nineteen seventies the school has been affiliated
to the ISC school board and offers education to students from
class 4 to class 12. Today Rishi Valley School is one of the
best-known residential schools in India, with several students
also applying from abroad.
Over the past three decades the Centre has built solid bridges
to the local village population through our work in rural education,
rural health, reforestation, bio-diversity conservation and
watershed management. In the 1980s, a fledgling rural education
programme was given a boost through a Government of India grant.
This enabled the evolution of a multi-grade learning system
that addresses many of the entrenched problems of rural education.
Finding wide applicability in many parts of India more recently
in Ethiopia, the rural education programme at Rishi Valley
has become something of a model that various agencies draw
upon. Many of them (including UNICEF and various state governments)
have collaborated with us in training teachers and propagating
this method of education in several regions across the country.