We run a network of 12 satellite schools, 10 of which are located in remote villages not served by government schools. These are elementary schools, located on land donated by the community or on government land. With major inputs from the community and from students, the land around the school, which in some cases covers as much as half an acre, is fenced off, landscaped to prevent erosion, and planted with fruit trees, and flowering bushes. After several years of continuous planting each village school now is a green public space in which all the inhabitants of the village have a stake.
Each Satellite School serves as resource centre for the village in which it is located. Adult literacy programmes, integration of local traditional arts in the form of puppet shows, health and nutrition projects converge in this location. The Satellite Schools use the multi-grade methodology (MGML) developed by RIVER.
Satellite Schools are gradually extending their reach through interaction with Government Schools, and helping organize reading workshops, metric melas (mathematics festivals) among other joint activities.
Satellite Schools are part of the RIVER’s school network, in addition to doubling up as sites for hands on training in the MGML methodology. Student teachers learn the necessay skills of the multi-level classroom by observing and then actually working in multi-level classrooms.