Rishi Valley Education Centre won the Jindal Prize for 2011 for the Multi-grade Multi-level methodology developed at RIVER (Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources). The prize is for achievements in education, with a special emphasis on value educaiton. The citation accompanying the prize is given below.
RIVER won the Global Development Network (GDN) Award for 2004 on January 26, 2005. The Award was given in recognition of the Centre’s work in its rural schools, its teacher training programmes and the multi-grade multi-level methodology developed for meeting the needs of children belonging to the underprivileged sections of society. The Centre’s integrated approach treats schools as resource centres for the community.
Regenerating landscapes, conserving bio-diversity and local cultures are built into a vision that places the child at the centre of classroom activities, and works towards community ownership of schooling. Rishi Valley’s educational practices have been adopted in many thousand government and non-government schools located in India’s linguistically diverse states and in Ethiopia.
The prize is sponsored by the Government of Japan and awarded for “The Most Innovative Development Project 2004.”
“The award is open to all development projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the transitional economies of Europe and Central Asia
The criteria against which projects are judged include:
- The degree of innovation and the potential for broad application of the project in other countries
- The social impact of the idea on development issues
- The cost performance
- The replicability of the project
- The potential for capacity building
- Level of local ownership in the project
Projects can cover any topic, no thematic restriction applies to this award.
In 2009, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship presented The Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, India Winner to the Co-Directors of RIVER, Rama and Padmanabha Rao.