updated: 22.4.2002

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Kathashala Sessions are open and chosen by teacher-student teams themselves.

The curriculum is a triple braided, with equal importance being given to
traditional subject learning
leadership training
holistic education.

Tamasha! the magazine forms the basis for the middle school. And Dhammakdhum! for the junior school..

Special Projects are in the community revitalization areas 

1         Bal Panchayat – the dreamers’ road to action

2         Tamasha’s World – the activist’s space

3         Sheik Chilli’s Corner – Maths and Science for all seasons and reasons

4         Premchand’s Pitara! – Humanities and Literature fun for boys and girls

Students choose one of the above activities plus one Special Project.



Cross Learning Centre – Partnerships for developing teaching/learning materials/study aids through email/chat/Net with friends around the globe.

·          TAQeED: the Teachers Alliance for Quality eEducation,



A Question of Choice

§       If education is an important process for transformation of the self, and hence of the changing society, how can teachers, curriculum makers and philosophers guide the process sensibly and sensitively?

     Is democratic education – that is, a standard, one-education-for-all pattern – the same as education for democracy?  Why cannot all education be to train the individual in society, rather than pitting the individual against it? What would encompass the education of a responsive and responsible adult?

    Gandhiji said, "Be the change you want to see in the world around you." Why doesn't our education help students hone the transformation changes in themselves?

       At what age does a child start learning about right and wrong? About sharing and caring? About being a nurturing member of a civil society? And is there such a thing as a “right” time for these ideas to start taking root in the mindscape of children?

When do children learn work is fun, labour is dignified?

       Can learning to choose wisely start at the preschool level in small baby-matters? Food habits, culture and active tolerance habits ...
Is this knowledge inherent in our education, its processes?

       Are right and wrong choices different depending where the individual/family/community/culture is/comes from?
Or can we apply the same rules to everyone?

      Are these questions only for those from literate families
or is this right safeguarded for all, by our Constitution?

Kathashala hopes to start a new thinking in the ways curriculum, syllabi and the pedagogy are designed for working with children from nonliterate families. The effort in Katha over the last twelve years has always been to ensure a quality in our education so that it is good, relevant and fun. We hope the new curriculum that addresses the Katha Challenge 2010, is not just for children from “underserved” communities but for all children who would like to grow up with a certain sense of being and belonging, enjoying fully the intergenerational gifts of nature and nurture,
of belonging to a tolerant and richly diverse country;
where the C9s –Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking;
Competence, Confidence and Commitment;
Compassion, Cooperation, Citizenship – are cheerfully nurtured.  

Designed by our E.D. since 1989 when she first started thinking on these issues, Katha’s education philosophy sees cooperative learning at its best, forging relationships and connections, culturelinking in fun, easily understandable, measurable ways. For instance, in Kathashala, children in the ages of 3-8, actively learn to share and care, as they play cooperative games. They develop self-esteem, as well as respect for others – loka samastha sukino bavanthu: May peace and prosperity be for all.

We see
Fun and laughter, the good things of life,
as worthy of sharing (never as “too good to share”).

Traditional learning as important

Purna Siksha or holistic education, ethics, entrepreneurship, Leadership learning from an early age.
Language learning is given great importance during ages 6-15 when, recent studies show, the brain is most accepting of language skills. Three languages – Bangla, Hindi and English – are the languages of childhood in the community we live in.

We strive so Challenge 2010 will help our children create, along with other children, a leadership they can be proud of! We hope Kathashala
will continue to be in the best tradition of public education,
not waiting ten years to see the new thinking bearing fruit – for we realize that India’s children cannot wait.




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the katha award

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