In our second year which started in April, we opened the doors for enrolments. There was such a demand we had to DOUBLE the intake of new students from 62 to 120 and increased the number of classes to five.
2013 has also brought us our very own school bus which has been donated, (shared with Tara Children's Home) – This has been invaluable during the monsoons; some children become marooned in their villages and now can make their way to the bus ‘pick up point’ to come to school.
It is still an amazing opportunity to provide a school curriculum which utilises Buddha’s teachings in the very place where Buddha manifested full enlightenment. The Maitreya School has given children within the poorest state in India a precious chance at a proper education as well as life skills of compassion, honesty and loving-kindness, as emphasised in the 16 Guidelines, the Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom.
Two new teachers have joined our team, making a total of 5 teachers, plus the Principle and myself, Project Manager (from Australia). Subjects being taught are Universal Education (UE), English, Maths, Hindi, General Knowledge, Social Science, Library, TV/DVD (educational), Music & Drama, Poem, Art & Craft, Computer classes for Class I and II, and Yoga.
The children are very excited about their two new subjects, firstly, Physical Education, where they learn many new games using a ball. You hear laughter and squealling when P.E. is happening (watch out for our budding future Olympians!). Secondly – craft, which they love and when they finish we display their work throughout the school.
June started off with hygiene lessons for all the children with staff from Root Institute Clinic. They demonstrated how to use a toilet and how to wash their hands with soap; besides getting wet and having fun, they learned valuable lessons.
July 6th brought excitement for the children: this was HH Dalai Lama’s birthday. Root Institute’s visiting lama, Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen gave each of the children a chocolate for HH’s birthday. 120 children sang “Happy Birthday” to his HH and feasted on chocolate.....(wonder what they will remember the most!).
If you would like to donate to this wonderful project please go to our
online donation page,
and indicate that you wish to donate for Maitreya School.
Sally Myatt (Project Manager)