Abheek – A Learning Space

Abheek began with group homeschooling. In that journey, came an opportunity for more to join. Abheek is a learning space for alternative education. The alternative education movement is an attempt to free our thinking from the educational paradigm imposed on us. One of our many priorities is to allow the child some say in what he or she learns, and how he or she learns it. We are tired of philosophies! So, we don't follow a particular one. The school provides a stimulus for exploration and thinking and play.

We want to create a space for children where they feel safe and relaxed. We slow down life for them, where everything isn't a race. Academic learning happens as a result of having fun and play. We devise activities, along with the children that lead to 'learning'. Our rhythm for music and craft for the year is guided by our seasons and festivals.

We want to be fearless, and the children of our school to be fearless. We don't want to blame society, but add to the society thinking individuals, who will be capable of bringing about change.

Founded in 2011, our School is located in Bengaluru and reflects the various backgrounds and cultures of the area. Our teachers are passionate, experienced and eager to pass on their knowledge and experience to their students. Are you ready to start your future with us? Get in touch!

Vision

Abheek intends to provide an experiential learning space, with a holistic approach to harness every child’s potential in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility. It is an invitation to create harmony between parents, children and educators. As an extended home, here the child will enjoy the connection of educators passionate about bringing excellence in living and learning, and who themselves are inquiring into the essence of life education and its role in bringing about a healthy and a thinking society.

Mission

To create an unbiased platform so that educators are the torchbearers of change, that they take children from darkness to light or from ignorance to knowledge, thereby playing a major role in nation building. Every child is like soft clay that is ready to be moulded. It’s finally a teacher’s imagination that reflects on a child’s personality.

Bird's Eye View

Abheek was started with the thought process of guiding young minds to become good human beings and shine in future based on their character and competence.My son was my inspiration to start this journey.It was saddening to hear parents and teachers complain about current schooling system,but do nothing. As a statement given by J.Krishnamurti in Education and Significance of life, "If you are dissatisfied with the existing schools, why dont you start your own?". This sounded perfectly reasonable and gave me the idea to start Abheek which intends in giving to the community good future citizens and simultaneously growing together, a model for business that is uncommon today and also a forum for parents to involve and learn along with our children.

Abheek has its roots from Nurture - a fledgling school in South Bangalore. We are committed to education as an awakening process that encourages observing, questioning, exploring, expressing and experiencing in an environment that is free from competition and fear. It is about a synergy between diverse forms of learning and learners. At Abheek, we believe that learning is an ongoing process. It is not only limited to books, social interaction, field trips, music, art, gardening, cooking, nature walks etc., but allows the child to follow their heart.

Director

"Dreaming for the better!!"~ MS Indraa Raju (Founder and Mother of an Abheek Child) ~

The Flock

Usha Rao

Usha Rao has held theatre at the centre of her life and as a trainer has explored through it ways of reaching out to children in developing their physical and mental skills. She is looking to take her work forward by engaging children in drama and histrionics with an aim to bring out their innate capacity to imagine and invent. With her experience in training children through theatre as medium of learning, at Abheek she will explore exciting avenues of academics and theatre as a combined activity. Her strong urge to work with children in an integrated way has also encouraged her to take on the role of coordinating the educational activities and bring about a seamless learning space here at Abheek. Her qualification as an MBA and her growing interest in varied art forms support her commitment towards integrated education.

Yogitha Amogha Varsha

Yogitha is drawn to education as a process of unfolding the goodness in each human and this has brought her to Abheek where she has dedicated herself towards bringing out the best from each of her children in the class. She is keen to begin from where the child is and at the same time provide the right balance of training and eliciting and this conviction reflects in the quality of her relationship and the rapport she enjoys with the children. Despite the several years she spent at reputed corporates after gaining Masters degree in Information Science, what she cherishes most today is the period of voluntary service she rendered at various educational centres for children. Her love for children keeps her committed as a caring and compassionate teacher.

Dr. Pooja Pandey Tripathi

A physiotherapist by profession Pooja has entered the educational field through her interest in various art for forms including Bharatanatyam, music, theatre and choreography. The vibrancy and talent she brings with her offers a rich ground of education to the children that is sure to carry them forward in a wholesome way.

Y R Pooja

Pooja followed her heart and today, as an artist passionate about painting, she is with Abheek to share the joy of learning and expressing through colours and strokes. A graphic designer by profession she is with us to share her artistic skills as crossover techniques in the act of teaching and learning.

Sharadha

Sharada holds a Masters Degree in Electromagnetics from Syracuse University, USA. She worked previously at Kathrien, IIT Mumbai and RF Horizon. She believes that children need to be innovative thinkers and on-ground problem solvers. The search for holistic and experiential education for children led her to Abheek where she teaches Maths and Science.

Archana

Archana is driven by the challenge to keep growing and evolving both as a teacher as well as a human being and inspire the children by example. Cooperation and strife for goodness and excellence are her landmark values that she aims to bring in the children she is working with. Her constant explorations to discover relevant and effective activities that provide meaningful and individualised learning experience make her a motivating and dynamic educator.

Divya Sundararajan

Divya holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from Univ of Florida and is experienced in Software design and development. She is a free spirited out- of- the -box thinker, a firm believer in freedom of expression and deeply committed to education as a lifelong process that ties up various challenges of living into a seamless learning zone. Her commitment to bringing about such an open and integrated space of learning for children in her role as Academic Director at Abheek reflects in the metamorphosis the Pedagogical structures and the Curriculum layouts are going through at Abheek

Anusha Biswas

A Post graduate in commerce pursuing a professional course in special education, she is keen to work on areas of intellectual disability as well as alternate and homeschooling advocacy. An ardent music-devotee and a freelance content writer, Anusha strives around children and can draw out and nurture a child’s interest.

Rakhi Gandhi

Rakhi with an MBA in finance and MCom. entered Abheek with a passion for teaching. Her interest in looking for ways to pass on knowledge in meaningful and relevant methods make her a dynamic teacher. Endowed with ample patience she endeavours to bring in an atmosphere of positivity to the art of learning. Her interest in diverse subjects including yoga, dance, drawing, rhymes and crafts works bring a rich variety to the classroom activities.

Indira Srinivasan

Indira Srinivasan holds a Post graduate diploma in Special Education from Vidyasagar(formerly Spastic Society of India). She has been a part of inclusive schools like Prakriya and Pramiti. Her rich experience of several years with children with special needs like Autism,Learning disabilities provides for a steady, individualised and well grounded classroom learning where children are encouraged to pursue their task at their own pace.

Indira Raju

Indira Raju is a visionary with a dream. Her dream of creating a place of joy and a centre of excellence for children put her on this incredible journey as an educator. Her fearless explorations and engagements with alternative forms of schooling have now manifested as Abheek - an ever-evolving space that invites students, teachers and parents to participate in the act of living, learning and sharing. The early part of her journey as a trainer and facilitator close to a decade stand her in good stead as she now takes on the challenge of protecting and nurturing the goodness and innocence in children even as they are being educated to take on the ever growing demands of the contemporary world. Her gregarious nature, personal and involved engagement with individuals out of a deep concern for growth make her reach out to every member at Abheek. Her infectious enthusiasm for innovations and experimentations to break new ground in the field of education sets her as an ideal team-leader, the driving force of Abheek.

Testimonials

Fears

Premlatha Rajesh

Abheek Parent, February 2016

Abheek is a great place for alternative schoolers. It doesn't preach you the standard academic syllabus. Understanding every child is different, they go with their speed. As a parent you have opportunity to teach the kids here. Being a satisfied parent, I highly recommend Abheek.

Satendra Singh

Abheek Parent, February 2016

I found the open, flexible and child-centric learning environment that I had been looking for, in Abheek. This is a place where my 3.5 yrs old daughter can explore what interests her without any fear or intimidation. I would recommend Abheek to anyone who is interested in giving their child a flexible learning environment.

Curriculum

Abheek's curriculum rests on three pillars...

Fearless Learning

Kids

The word Abheek means “fearless”. We intend to absolutely free the children from all kinds of fears originating in comparison and competition, and also fear of failure or punishment.

Learning is not just a process of accumulating information or acquiring knowledge; It is a process of exploration, experimentation and understanding.

At Abheek we promote and environment by encouraging children to express, imagine and be creative. All indoor and outdoor activities are designed to help children to feel the freedom and the joy of learning.

Holistic Knowledge

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Every child is more than a future employee; every person’s intelligence and abilities are far more complex than his or her scores on standardized tests.

Holistic knowledge allows children to grow into confident, competent and caring individuals, capable of making a meaningful contribution to their family, society and the world they grow up into.

At Abheek we facilitate Holistic Learning by allowing children to interact and connect to various activities and real life situations with people from different walks of life to inculcate values such as compassion and peace.

Exploratory Framework

Kids Playing

An Exploratory Learning Framework enhances critical thinking and allows children to apply skills learnt and observed without any structured outcome.This, in turn, builds confidence and decision making as well as problem solving skills are cultivated.

The Exploratory Framework at Abheek consists of innovative games and mixed age group co-operative activities. We encourage children to come up with their own ideas and then facilitate the execution of theses ideas.

We offer experimental and experiential learning and regular, caring observation of each individual child for each topic.

Spreading Wings

Director

Global ClassRoom

One day, all children will compete with themselves. In Global Classroom they already do. Education today needs a metamorphosis. There is no doubt that education in the future will be different in significant ways from what it is today. The new ethics of education needs to be 'Compete with Yourself', not 'Compete with Others'. When children compete with themselves, they progress more. Learning becomes joyful.

Global classroom curriculum provides complete learning solution.Curriculum is designed to nurture and challenge each child's diverse intellectual capability and talents, guiding them to their full potential. The curriculum is divided into "themes" that are carried across learning areas. Concepts are brought alive through auditory, visual & kinesthetics experiences.

Director

Avishkaar Sports

Avishkaar Sports is a sports-centered program that allows children to imbibe fundamental life skills like determination, dedication and the spirit of competition. Avishkaar works with schools to implement a best-in-class Sports programme & Physical Education.

They work with schools to implement a best-in-class Sports programme & Physical Education. The programme is designed to offer the same rigor in sports and physical education as in academics.

This ensures the children learn holistically through physical activity and sports in addition to helping children improve their health and fitness levels dramatically.More importantly, their work positively influences young people both in their school environment and beyond.

Faqs

What is an Alternative School?

"Alternative schools" refers to any school that offers a curriculum, learning environment, or philosophical predisposition that diverges markedly from the mainstream. Such schools offer a wide range of philosophies and teaching methods; some have strong political, scholarly, or philosophical orientations, while others are more ad hoc assemblies of teachers and students.

Why Alternative School?

The present schooling system is a factory model where one size fits all, It is a confined space learning which has a linear and fractured curriculum. Alternative school caters to the need of every individual child based on their character and interest.

What are the essential elements of an alternative school of choice?

Maximize opportunities for students to develop positive value.Recognize the importance of student's desire to learn. Maximize student self-motivation. Maximize parent-teacher-student cooperation

Why do parents choose an alternative school?

Many cherish the opportunity to participate in their child's education.Individuality and emotional development of the child is the main focus, Find it consistent with the values they teach at home.Limitations and inadequacies of the conventional form of education system.Bullying, pressure, lack of spiritual and character development at school.

What are the benefits of an Alternate school?

There is no one size fits all approach.These schools have the potential to offer a smaller and a more personalized environment for the students to learn.Gives every child a sense of self esteem.Emphasis is on learning through Arts, Craft , Music and Environment, Helps in identifying the child’s natural curiosity and interest which guides and inspires his/her learning

What we do at Abheek?

We intend to bring up a good human being, without fear, tolerant to diversity, nuture a questioning mind and children who are able to discover themselves.

Are Parents allowed to participate in activities?

Yes!! You would make a great team along with your child. Dont hesitate to discover your child's interests or to encourage them. We assure you there is no other experience like this :)

Admissions Open Now!!

Every child has a dream, do we really allow the child to explore it? Your child has it in him/her, but do you have it in you to give him/her a chance to learn?

You could put your children in a school that hammers them into assembly-line products. Or you could choose to unschool and opt for an education that nurtures your children into creative, sensitive individuals.

Abheek Academy is an Alternative Education Co-operative and a forum for homeschoolers. It aspires to provide a support system with friendly, warm and relaxed atmosphere.

The schooling program runs from June to March for toddlers to 15 years for year 2017-18. The teacher–student ratio is be 1:8 and we follow the Global Classroom Curriculum which meets the requirement of CBSE, ICSE, IB , IGCSE & State boards.

Call us, meet us and feel comfortable to bring your child along, to experience the new way of learning!

Seats are limited.

Fly With Us

We do not believe in conventional teachers; we, the parents and the volunteers together work as educators. Learning is a two-way process without any authority of educator; so educators and children learn together about themselves in their relationship with each other.

If you are a passionate educator and in sync with Abheek's core principles then we are a match made in heaven. We have a flexible culture and believe in making this world a better place for all kids and parents to learn unhindered.

Volunteers from around the world are welcome to join us from time to time by supporting the initiative to organize workshops related to art and culture to foster harmony among diverse culture.

Stay connected to fill in the gaps whenever required. Do email us a write up of your passion and interests.

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Support Us

Abheek finds immense joy in introducing ourselves as a community learning centre for Sustainable Alternative Education that attends to children emerging as Good, Intelligent, Creative and Integrated human beings without losing their innocence,curiosity and learnability.At its backbone, Abheek offers learning through Exploration, Experimentation and Experience, all together resulting into Insight.

Learning is a two way process without any authority of educator, so educators and children learn together about themselves in their relationship with each other. and in that collide with academics and other skills to gain the necessary knowledge.The knowledge imparted enables children to appear for ae-appropriate examinations either of the boards like NIOS, IGCSE(Cambridge University).

More than a school, Abheek is an attempt to provide a right environment of inward freedom for children to learn on their own without depending on educators.We need a lot of learning aids.and other materials to co-create the learning environment, we require an in-house transaport facility for outdoor visits as Abheek believes in Off-campus learning.Terrace Gardening is a part of learning, we also need related things.

We conduct educational dialogues for parents/educators that help develop right attitude. Being a community learning center, we are finding shortage of financial resources at present.Hence we are looking for people interested in supporting the noble cause by donating/funding/partnering.

If you feel the cause of Abheek is important, Please contact us ASAP to discuss further.Thank You!!

Contact Person : MS Indraa Mobile/Whatsapp : (+91)-9845927414 Email : info@abheek.org Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/abheek.school/

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No. 424, Bannerghatta Road, Gottigere, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083, India

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