The Indo-International Culture School (Gavilan Peak's sister school) was inaugurated on January 4th, 2005. It is located in Mahapura, which is a small village near the city of Jaipur, India. The first group of students started classes on April 18, 2005. A high wall was built around the property. This is something that is done for all important property in the area in order to keep animals (and people) out.
During Gavilan Peak's Multicultural Week, that is held in December, our 7th and 8th grade students run booths for our Quarters for Caring Fair. The booths offer many different activities that involve countries from across the globe and each activity costs 25 cents. The entire school is invited to participate. Proceeds from our Quarters for Caring Fair goes towards our sister school in the province of Rajasthan in India.
A little background....In India, over 50 million underprivileged children experience a life that is very different from that of the higher classes. People who live in the remote villages do not have a tradition of being educated: the impoverished classes are discouraged from holding decent jobs, or even from attending the same schools as the higher classes. This situation is remnant of 3,000 years of class segregation. Without the possibility of attending school, many children are left to wander the streets. Gavilan Peak has partnered with the Ninash Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing education to the impoverished classes in remote areas of India. Children in these areas, coming from generations that had not been educated, first had to be convinced that educations was important. The president of the Ninash foundation, who is a professor at SUNY (State University of New York College at Oneonta, New York), uses himself as an example, since he was originally from this area. He demonstrated what on impact education had in his own life. Once the children were convinced, he worked on convincing the parents. The first school, located in Dundlod, in the province of Rajasthan, is now in its eight year. A K-8 school, it has become one of the best schools in the province, with a waiting list of 200. Students graduating from this school are being accepted into classes two years beyond their actual grade level. Our sister school, located in the village of Mahapura near Jaipur, is a typical K-8 school, but with a twist. It is an art restoration school where students are trained in a skill that was traditionally handed down from one generation to the next, but which has been dying out. Students graduating from this school will be able to enter the workforce with a much-needed skill, that of restoring stained-glass windows in temples and ancient forts all over India.
The Ninash Foundation is small, and its members are so dedicated to improving the underprivileged classes that all donations go directly to the schools in India. Gavilan Peak's goal is to assist with the construction of the new art restoration school and to continue the partnership for many years to come.