Uday Schools


One of our flagship programmes, Gramin Shiksha Kendra's Uday Community Schools are community-led schools that emphasise child-centred education.
At our Uday Community Schools, education occurs through discussions and activities, rather than lecture, and our curriculum includes pottery, theatre, and sports. Our schools are democratic in nature and  traditional hierarchy and power structures are done away with, as teachers, sit with the children and encourage them through positive reinforcement, creating a comfortable environment for children to learn and grow.
We believe that schools are an extension of the community. We work closely with the community, encouraging parents to be involved in their children's education every step of the way. Through this approach, we empower communities to recognise what quality education looks like and drive the demand for it. 

Our three Uday Community Schools are Uday Community School - Jaganpura, Uday Community School - Fariya, and Uday Community School - Girirajpura. Our schools are affiliated under the Rajasthan State Education Board. In 2015, the Uday Community Schools were recognised by the Ashoka Foundation as Ashoka Changemaker Schools. Watch the video on the left to learn more about our approach and read about each school below.
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Uday Community School - Jaganpura
Uday Community School - Jaganpura is GSK's first Uday Community School, built in 2004 on land donated by the community. The school is located on the periphery of Ranthambore National Park and provides an education to 200 children in pre-primary to grade 8 from 5 villages. Among the school's many accomplishments is its girls' handball team, which is state ranked and competes across Rajasthan.

Uday Community School - Fariya
Founded in 2009, Uday Community School - Fariya is located on the eastern periphery of Ranthambore National Park in Khandar block. It provides an education to 95 students in grades pre-primary to grade 8 from 3 villages. The school works with children from migratory communities. In the 2017-2018 school year 100% of students in grade 5 scored an A or B on their board exam. The school‘s recent cooking club initiative to address the issue of tobacco chewing has been successful at reducing children‘s dependence on tobacco and is especially popular among boy-students—thereby challenging the gender roles.

Uday Community School - Girirajpura
Uday Community School – Girirajpura was established in 2014 at the request of the Girirajpura community, which had a longstanding relationship with GSK and was relocated from Ranthambore National Park to Tonk district in 2011. The school currently offers an education to 90 students up to grade 6. It is the only school within walking distance for primary school children in relocated communities. The Girirajpura community is very involved in the functioning of the school, often opting to undertake any construction projects for the school themselves, to save school expenses.

Our Uday Community Schools empower communities to access quality education and provide an education that enables critical thinking and active citizenship.

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