There was once a time when children in a small village, deep in rural India, sang under the tall palm trees, ran across the green fields, danced amongst the most ancient of stones, and watched the moon and stars at night. They called that school…and still do.
School Without Walls is at one and the same time, both an enchanted voyage and an onerous story. Little Ashwini and her friends from the village take you by the hand and bring you into their homes and their school. This discovery of the villagers’ everyday life reveals their rich tradition, colourful folklore, and music. The men reunite, discuss, and drink. They have their own way of looking at life, and the changes taking place in their community. In a more intimate manner, the women confide the plight of their situation, their work, their married life, and their children’s education, wherein hope still reigns.
The RIVER program was started by the Rishi Valley School founded by Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986). Their challenge was to introduce education into this deep rural context. Through the children and their parents, you discover how this program adapts to their way of life and respects their traditions. The school becomes an integral part of their community where the villagers take part, the children enjoy learning, and the women have hope.