Vedike Global School is recognised by the Government of Karnataka.
We opened our Pre-Primary (Nursery, LKG and UKG) and Primary School (Standards/Grades 1-5) in the academic year 2018-2019 and Upper-Primary and High School (Standards/Grades 6-8) in the academic year 2020-21. The school intends to keep growing until Higher Secondary (Standards/Grades 12/2PUC).
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Karnataka have been closed since mid-March 2020. During this time, VGS has been providing at-home curriculum-based learning and extra-curricular activities for our students. Due to very limited access to technology in our rural context, live online classes have not been an option for us, but we have been sending pre-recorded audio and video classes and interacting with our students via their parents' mobile phones. We are very proud of the way our teachers and students have adapted to at-home learning this year.
The goal of Vedike Global School is to be a platform for change and to encourage students to 'think global, act local'.
We believe that each child is important and has individual potential. We aim to help our students reach their potential through providing affordable, student-centred, quality education, with both local and global perspectives, using an English-medium and a holistic approach.
Vedike Global School is situated not far from Doddaballapur in rural Bangalore and will be open to all children from the surrounding village communities. However, we aim to target underprivileged children, such as those from families of a low socio-economic status, and children from traditionally disadvantaged groups. Our goal is to make quality education available to these children.
Vedike Global School will take a student-centred approach to education. We will cater for students’ different learning styles and interests. We aim to set and work towards specific learning goals for all students. We will provide support for struggling students and those with additional needs, as well as extensions for high-performing students. As a priority, we will seek to foster positive teacher-student relationships and an encouraging classroom climate.
We believe in the importance of providing quality education. At Vedike Global School we aim to foster deep understanding and higher-order thinking, rather than focusing on the memorisation of facts. Our goal is to provide engaging lessons, with students taking part as active learners. We will focus on skills that are important in the 21st century workplace, such as collaboration and creativity, as well as providing thorough preparation for board exams.
At Vedike Global School we will highlight the importance of local knowledge, such as knowledge about the natural environment and resourcefulness. Students will be involved in environmental education lessons and encouraged to always look for practical solutions to problems at hand. We will also include global perspectives in our school, through teaching students about different countries and global issues, encouraging students to see themselves as global citizens and providing interactions with people from many different countries through VEDIKE's Global Citizens Programs.
We believe in the importance of local languages and the need to preserve it and will therefore ensure that we have dedicated Kannada teachers. We will promote Kannada not just as a subject but also in our day-to-day and extra-curricular activities. However, we recognise that English has become the global language and that, as a result, students will have more opportunities in later life if they are confident in English. As a result, we will also have fluent English teachers and provide students with the opportunity to practise and use English inside and outside the classroom.
At Vedike Global School we will take a holistic approach to education and concern ourselves not only with our students’ academic progress, but also with their social, emotional, physical and creative development. We aim to help students connect to the VEDIKE community, the natural environment and foster humanitarian values, such as compassion and peace.
Vedike Global School (VGS) is established in Kallinayakanahalli village in Gauribidnur Block of Chikballapur District, which has lower literacy rate than the average for Karnataka, especially for women/girls. According to the latest census conducted by the government in 2011, the literacy rate of Kallinayakanahalli village was 67.66% (compared to the average of 75.60% in Karnataka) and male literacy stood at 75.94%, while the female literacy rate was 59.91%. In Kallinayakanahalli village, many families are from traditionally disadvantaged groups. Schedule Castes (SC) constitute 38.76% of the total population and Schedule Tribes (ST) constitute 4.42% (R4). In other nearby villages in the Gauribidnur Block of Chikballapur District, the percentage of families categorised as SC/ST is even higher. Moreover, the overall gender gap in literacy in in Gauribidnur Block of Chikballapur District is huge: male - 67.41%; and female – 45.38% (R2). VGS was started to educate and empower both girls and boys from Kallinayakanahalli village and other nearby villages in Gauribidanur, where literacy rates are low and there are many marginalized communities.
Anugraha John is the Founder and Executive Director of VEDIKE. John began VEDIKE's work in rural Bangalore to focus on the education of underprivileged children and development issues in rural communities. In 2018, he co-founded Vedike Global School with his wife, Michelle John. Michelle is a teacher from Sydney, Australia, specialising in teaching English as an additional language. She is passionate about providing quality education in order to see underprivileged children reach their potential.