The district administration is keenly contemplating to re-introduce Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources (RIVER) system in around 100 government primary schools in the district. This will provide a distinctive educational environment that enables young children to have an all round development. District Collector Siddharth Jain, inspired after visiting the Rishi Valley Education Centre, founded by well known philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and run by Krishnamurti Foundation located in a serene valley near Angallu of Kurabalakota mandal, has directed Rajiv Vidya Mission officials to submit a report after studying the unique concept.
The officials who visited the institutions have submitted their report. Commando, an educational study group belonging to Singapore and Malaysia also recommended the district administration to opt for RIVER system in the primary education system. AP School Education Director K. Sandhya Rani, who visited the district and held a meeting with RVM officials on Thursday, also evinced keen interest to introduce the RIVER system.
According to officials Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will formally launch RIVER system in a government primary school in Kuppam on August 8 during his district tour. The RIVER system has already been introduced in around 18 states in the country including neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Educationists who visited Rishi Valley Education Centre from Germany, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Thailand and other countries have introduced it in their countries.
The system which was introduced in Chittoor district in 2000 was disbanded in 2010. Later no government showed interest in continuing this system and the kits and furniture which were supplied by UNICEF were relegated to dark storerooms. Following the directions of Collector Siddharth Jain the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) officials led by Project Officer S. Lakshmi visited the Rishi Valley Educational Centre recently and studied the education system there for two days.
“We visited each and every department in the Centre including residential hostels and classrooms and observed the existing system there. We are fascinated by the educational system provided by the Centre. We are going to give our study report to District Collector in a couple of days,” said SSA PO S. Lakshmi. She said District Collector Siddharth Jain envisages to introduce the RIVER system in 100 government primary schools in this academic year itself on a pilot project.
“We will introduce this system in 1 and 2 classes in 100 schools. 100 teachers are being selected and given training for six days at Rishi Valley Educational Centre. Four tabs will be provided through which the teaching will be done. The main aim of introducing this system is to provide quality education and creating interest among the children on studies and to curb dropouts in the rural areas,”she said.