For Khajuraho village children
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WHY THE SCHOOL?
Since she has been
living in Khajuraho, Vio has been struck by
the lack of teaching methods in schools.
Here education equals memorising, so
children are good at learning by heart but
they don't understand what they learn or
apply it in their lives. Pupils are not
encouraged to understand or analyse what
they do; they are not taught to think by
themselves or to be creative. Worse
of all, they are motivated to learn by
fear - because they get beaten if
they don't repeat what their teacher has
told them word for word. As a result, pupils
don't even try to do things by themselves
or to rephrase things in their own words,
because they are too scared to get it wrong.
With The Different School, we want:
our pupils to understand
what they learn.
to invite them to be creative
and to be themselves
so that they can become confident
and independent individuals.
and most of all, to teach them that learning can be fun.
Our house is located at the edge of the
old village of Khajuraho, where life is
more traditional and where education is
poorer than in the town centre. This is
why we want to address the village
Our school does not replace ordinary
English 1 - by Vio
For children aged 11 years and above, who
know how to read and write English well
& Friday from 17:30 to 18:30
English 2 - by
For children aged 5 and above who don't
read and write English yet or at all
& Friday from 16:00 to 17:00
Why? Because in local schools, when
it comes to English class, many pupils
'progress' without learning anything because
they don't understand what they have to
learn by heart. Teachers themselves don't
master the language, and even books and exam
papers contain mistakes! So teachers just
give model answers to their pupils and ask
them to memorise them. A pupil can 'learn'
English for 12 years and still be unable to
build a sentence when s/he finishes school!
Vio lived in the UK for 9 years before
moving to India, she holds a PgDip in
Developmental Linguistics from the
University of Edinburgh (UK), an
Undergraduate Diploma in Hindi from Banaras
Hindu University, Varanasi (India), and she
holds the CELTA English teaching certificate
accredited by the University of Cambridge.
As well as her French mother tongue, she is
completely fluent in English and Hindi, and
she has lived here long enough to understand
the local children. She masters both English
and Hindi grammar so she is able to create
some good quality English classes so that my
pupils finally learn the language.
Class taught by Vio
For all children interested!
Tuesday & Thursday
from 17:30 to 18:30
Why? Because experts have shown that
music has a positive impact on children's
development. Musical awakening is an
approach, a discovery and even an opening to
the sound world that brings many beneficial
effects and that is very important for human
balance and listening abilities. Musical
awareness also helps children to better
express themselves and communicate, and it
contributes to cognitive skills and
psychomotor, social and emotional
development. A child who has taken musical
awareness classes will be more relaxed and
focused and will have less difficulty in
school. S/he adapts easily to his or her
surroundings with better communication
skills, is happier and less angry. Faced
with various everyday situations, children
who love music will have a greater
sensitivity, be calmer and joyful.
Read more about the
benefits of music.
Art, painting, drawing
Classe taught by a
We are currently
looking for a volunteer for this class!
Why? we want our school to
awaken artistic creativity in children,
because here, with so many strict rules and
such a lack of education, their creativity
is shut off from a very young age. In
addition, because children are generally not
stimulated in poorly educated families, they
don't get any opportunity to concentrate
their energies onto any constructive
activities. Too often, boys just get
interested in following and cheating
tourists while girls become extremely shy
and vulnerable, deprived of any self-worth,
which puts them in danger later in life.
Basically, the children's potential
Taught to all our students in bi-monthly
We will organise sessions of cleaning of the
soil, visits to the garbage collector of the
district, and other practical and engaging
activities! So that children can apply what
they learn in their daily lives, and that
they become an example to others.
Why? Because rubbish (non)management
is a huge problem in India. Not only do the
locals not realise the impact of throwing
rubbish (especially plastic) everywhere, but
also the municipality does not provide
adequate rubbish collection facilities. Road
sides, fields, lakes, rivers, etc. are
filled with litter that not only is
devastating for the environment, but also
spoils such a beautiful landscape! Near our
house, the lake behind the most ancient of
Khajuraho's temples, the Brahma Temple, has
become a rubbish bin, in which our
neighbours still fish and grow water nuts
for the community to eat. The garden around
the Vamana Temple works as a landfield for
the village population.
We are open to any other subjects or
disciplines that can help our students
become more creative, fulfilled, autonomous
If you wish to volunteer in India and are a
yoga and / or meditation teacher, musician,
dancer, juggler, animator, clown, artist,
etc. and if you like children and want to
awaken them, come to see us and we will
organise classes and workshops! Please do contact us!
Our timetable depends on the
volunteers that we find. Click below
to enlarge our current schedule.
new place for our school!
beginning & problematic
Launch of our
& The Different School on
15 August 2017
First classes at our home, September 2016
A new place in 2017!
Our new classroom
Beginning of our second session, 2 August 2017
English class with our volunteer