welcome toAwake and Shine Primary Schools
The Awake and Shine School was set up by retired Lt. General Jagat Mohan (“Jimmy”) Singh as part of NGO Project Awake & Shine in 2007. The project is supported by the Awake & Shine Charitable Trust. The school is a Not for profit establishment.
The School lies in the tangle of mountains between Siliguri and Kalimpong in village of Samthar. The driving time from Siliguri, or Kalimpong or Darjeeling is about 2.30 hrs.
A second school is under construction at the remote village of Chota Suruk,
Why Awake & Shine ?
The General desired to change the image of rural schools by providing quality English medium primary education and create income generation by developing village tourism. He wondered as to how it was expected that children would become achievers in the future, if their childhood schools set such poor examples? Moreover, it was his belief that what we teach, must not be just knowledge, but should lead to preparing the young for the challenges of life.
How are Awake & Shine Schools different ?
The Awake & Shine Schools are different from other rural schools in the Darjeeling hills on five counts.
Firstly; Quality infrastructure and learning aids, provided at the school match urban private schools . These have been creating by using local material, employing local artisans, as a measure of empowerment for the local community.
Secondly; The school has developed activity based methodology to teach English, mathematics, and computer literacy, which is suitable for rural schools.
Thirdly; Personality development has been included in the curriculum, and experiential learning methodology has been pioneered, as a tool to build personality alongside with academic learning.
Fourthly; The school has established that a child friendly, non -traditional teaching team, can achieve amazing results by in-house training of local youth.
Fifthly; Integrated village tourism has been harnessed to generate funds from visiting tourists.
We are developing a second school to replicate the Samthar model, at the isolated village of Chota Suruk. The School will open with the nursery class in February 2019.