Deep Griha Academy
In 2006, Deep Griha’s English-medium rural school, the Deep Griha Academy, opened in the village of Chaufula. It is situated 60 km from the centre of Pune.
The school is for children from the local rural community with an annual fee to keep it independent and self-sufficient. Accepting both boys and girls there are reductions in rates for families with more than one child and/or girl childs. Currently, there are over 250 students with plans to add an additional class each year.
The expanse of the school is only the beginning as there are continuing plans of development on the school site as the school steadily grows. Standards 1 to 5 are housed in the new building, opened in November 2012 whilst nursery through to kindergarten have moved into the original school building.
The curriculum is designed to make the pupils appreciate agriculture and their environment. Preparing them for the challenges of modern rural India by giving them a sense of responsibility towards the local community and themselves. Environmental concerns include the nurturing of plants on-site as well as plans to introduce compost toilets.
DGA aspires to be a fully inclusive school with the buildings designed to be accessible to people with disabilities and the teaching curriculum is catered for pupils with special educational needs to be taught alongside mainstream learning.