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ERIC Number: EJ766433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Katha School: Where Learning Matters
Hanzelka, Richard
Educational Leadership, v64 n8 p66-69 May 2007
During its trip to India in 2006, the ASCD Board of Directors visited the Katha School, which is located in a high-poverty section of Delhi. The Katha School began in 1989 with five students. It now houses 1,450 students, with hundreds on a list waiting to get in. Part of the Kalpavriksham Centre for Sustainable Learning, the school is the main learning center that works in and with a large slum cluster in Delhi. The Katha School works to improve the surrounding community, which is highly impoverished, by running self-help groups for community members on a variety of topics. The school is also committed to the idea that through story, the school community will actively build a caring society. The Katha School is an example of the kind of learning environment that India's National Curriculum Framework 2005 is trying to move toward. But India has its challenges. The country has been in the throes of a "testing as learning" struggle for some time. Also, its greatest challenge--now that all children in India have the right to go to school--may be using education to strengthen the democratic way of life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India