Aman Setu School - an attempt to preserve Humanity!
By Madhurie Singh, August 20, 2009
Beautiful name isn’t it? Aman Setu 🙂
In today’s modernization how many of us maintain our culture in whatever way possible, is a question to be pondered over. Last year when I was looking for a good school for my younger son, I was introduced to this name ” Aman Setu” by a friend. Her son used to be studying in a school run by MKF. Her son was dyslexic. Now 14 years back, the word dyslexic would have passed off as another laxative or some kind of digestive brand name by an enthusiastic brand manager :).
She was disheartened when St Mary’s told her to take her son out of the school when he was only in 2nd std as he was not able to cope up with the class! She got him under the wings of Bhojwani School, Pune run at that time by Mrs Madhavi Kapur. Today the boy is one of the editors of his college magzine.
In India, schools are very partial and I hate to admit they will not take kids with any kind of learning disability, leave alone other physical disability. The so called normal schools do not like to see their results affected by any special child’s special abilities. I think schools have stopped thinking. They have a set pattern, a preset curriculum and a way to manage the school that does not encourage out of the box thinking. Neither the teachers nor the parents even try to think out of the normalcy. So what we see is a robot like teaching by robot like teachers producing hunderds of robots 🙂 each year.
I am reminded of an advertisement of NIIT, where everyone is walking, talking and behaving the same way, untill the girl from NIIT arrives.
Aman Setu is a school in Pune that is attempting to be a bit difference amongst the crowd.
I always wanted to write a review on Aman Setu ever since I visited the school last year and spent and entire day in the school. Now, which school will allow a parent to experience a day in their school with the teachers and kids doing their far from traditional teaching and learning! It’s like the 30 day money back garauntee offers that come with online product, which are 100% sure of their quality.
The school is located near the airport, close to the Diamond water park, in a farm area! I must tell you that one day experience with both my sons from 11:00am to 3:00pm was like going to a refreshing farm-trip. I still remember the teachers and the kids of all age sitting on the floor, frying coconut filled modaks. The teacher made the kids touch and feel the coconut, it’s yummy grated coconut, the process of mixing water into wheat flour, explaining evaporation and condensation while cooking, the change in texture and color after the modaks were ready! I think my kids will always remember how to cook a modak. 🙂 ( And so will 😛 ).
There was a pond where kids were taught sedimentation along with a cute little duck that was prancing around along with a tiny frog. My kids loved feeding the rabbits green leaves and wanted to bring them home too. There were chicks and a hen too that kids were allowed to feed briefly.
The school follows a non conventional style of teaching with no barrier or segregation on the intellect or abilities of the kids. I think it’s a brilliant way of teaching true meaning of secularity and equality. They take the best of all boards and give a very sound foundation of fundamentals. I think after the 6th grade they follow ICSE. Amazing ! They have smaller infrasturcture as compared to other schools but I am sure they will grow rapidly to become a sought after name.
Any child going there will turn to be a first rate human being for sure. And I must appreciate all the parents who were were brave enough to choose Aman Setu for their kids. I find very few parents who would not think of the distance or the brand equity but would think out of the box, when selecting a school. It’s not that only differently able kids or super able kids go there. There are all types of kids with no bar on age, sex, physicality or mental abilities.
In my opinion kids should not be judged by the marks they get in the class or how they recite their poems in front of the guests :). ‘Cause it’s not their fault but its the parent’s failure to find out the intelligence and strengths of a child.
I am very proud that both my sons are genius as per the so called pyschological tests but that does not mean I can neglect or chide them for their weaknesses. Neither should you.