Isha Vidhya’s education gives children a passport to a better life
Visiting an Isha Vidhya school can be a fascinating experience. Seeing rural children juxtaposed against a modern classroom, is what made it so fascinating for me. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to be snobbish when I say this. But if you were told you’d be visiting a school located an hour away from a city – amidst kucha roads and thick greenery, what’s the image that would come to your mind? I bet you’re not picturing well-stocked science labs, a line of computers, lively artwork on the walls, inspiring slogans – that too all in English? Well, that’s exactly what defines Isha Vidhya’s school in the tribal village of Thanikandi, 30 kilometers outside of Coimbatore at the base of the Velliangiri foothills. So, now can you understand where my fascination stemmed from?
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How it all began
Jaggi Vasudev, commonly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author of over 100 titles in 8 different languages. He founded The Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation, which is headquartered in Coimbatore. For the last three decades, Isha has been propagating the science of yoga throughout the world with the objective of bringing about holistic development that will allow individuals to realize their true potential.
As a part of its social outreach programs, Isha Vidhya rural schools have been started in villages (under the umbrella of Isha Education, established in 2005) to provide high quality school education to underprivileged rural children who cannot otherwise access or afford it. The basis for starting the school was that, “when someone is hungry, you cannot teach them spirituality.”
Here are some of the things that you could do with Isha Vidhya:
1. Run for Isha Vidhya in the many marathons that happen across the country and abroad. They have hundreds of supporters who participate in marathons across the globe and raise funds for them as they do so.
2. Introduce Isha Vidhya to your colleagues and company.