Gramin Shiksha Kendra (GSK) is a community-led non-profit and registered society, working to change the culture of education in Sawai Madhopur and the Tonk district of Rajasthan, just outside Ranthambore National Park. They promote education that emphasizes activity-based learning and partner with the community to drive the demand for quality education.
Their vision is that thoughtful, supportive, and sensitive children will help create a world that celebrates diversity, encourages the expression of culture, and is characterized by a peaceful coexistence. They are strong proponents of the idea that education will set children free, allowing them to be curious, aware, and have the ability to take on responsibilities and fulfill them.
Through the Uday program, they run three tuition-free schools on the outskirts of Ranthambore Park that support over 400 children. In these schools, teaching is facilitated through discussions and activities including pottery, theater, and sports, rather than lectures.
GSK's Vistaar program scales up their education approach by providing training and support to government school teachers in innovative and child-centric teaching methods.
Gramin Shiksha Kendra was registered in 1996 and its first school was established in 2004. Since 2004, GSK has:
Reached 72 schools and their accompanying communities,
Employed over 450 teachers
Helped inspire and educate over 10,000 children