Sita School is a daytime, alternative school, about 28 km to the north of Bangalore, started in 1975 by Jane Sahi.
Forty children, mainly first generation school learners, aged between four and 15 years, come to the school from the surrounding villages. The medium of instruction is Kannada and the children learn English and Hindi as additional languages. The majority of the children take the Karnataka State Boards seventh standard examination in the Kannada medium as private candidates as and when they are prepared for it. So far all the children have successfully qualified. At present one student is even preparing for the tenth standard examination of the National Open School, New Delhi, in the English medium. Although the school does not have formal recognition from the educational authorities, a number of its ex- students have become teachers, gone in for art training, nursing, joined the seminary, undertaken vocational training and have worked their way towards acquiring college degrees.
Photographs: Yashodara Kundaji
Original Title: Work and Wisdom of Vernacular Educators from India, 4