New Primary School and Teacher’s Training Center, Umanivas, India

By Didi Anandarama

Umanivas is the world headquarters of Ananda Marga Women’s Welfare Department. The Founder Shrii P. R. Sarkar laid a blueprint for development in this remote tribal area of Purulia district. Education was a key focus since the past 40 years. You can see young teachers still living in decorated mud houses riding bicycles to schools to teach or attend college in the nearby town.

Umanivas has four Primary Schools, one High School with boarding facilities, Children’s Homes, farm, gardens, and orchards. The new primary school will be located between the Children’s Home and the High School. The construction is in process and. It is a 6000 square foot building and will serve as a model Primary School and Teachers Training facility. There will be also a residential quarter for student teachers to live in.

The existing projects give the ‘tone’ to the learning atmosphere of spiritual sadhana, kiirtan in their daily routine that starts before dawn and lasts until late evening. The air and water is very pure and supportive of one’s spiritual pursuits in this ancient land of Rarh.

We are inviting you to be part of it by giving your support. You can support us in donations towards the construction, with your expertise in rain water harvesting, sustainable ‘Ideal Farming’ practices, permaculture design, volunteering and through educational material that you can bring on your visit.

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