Future School is the largest school for high school age youth (14-19) in Auroville. The vision of Future School is to develop educational environments in which Auroville adolescents and all those dedicated to their education may reach their own unique potential through a balanced development of body, mind, emotion and spirit. Interwoven with this endeavor toward individual development is a collective aspiration toward a manifestation of the ideals of Auroville as expressed in its charter. Toward this, we aim to discover the essence behind our diverse cultural, ethnic, and individual heritages while reflecting the international character of Auroville.
Future School evolved from an earlier project called The Centre for Further Learning (CFL), created by two of Auroville's youth, Chali and Luc. At the time of the conception of the idea of CFL, there were at least 25 teen-agers studying in schools outside of AV. Luc and Chali believed that Auroville could not continue the search for a new Auroville-based curriculum or approach to education, without the presence and input of the age group who would be most affected. Due to the reality of the world outside of Auroville, all the youth of Auroville should have the possibility and choice to equip themselves within Auroville, with the keys they will need to open doors anywhere in the world.
Approach, Methods and Curricula
Future School incorporates many different teaching/learning methods and environments: projects, tutorials, independent research, traditional lectures, small groups, large groups, one-on-one approach, peer teaching and self-study. In this way we hope to meet the needs of each individual, and we feel that the combination of required areas of study with choice of particular subjects gives the students the chance to get in touch with new areas of knowledge and at the same time to explore their interests.
Current facilities include Science and Computer labs, classrooms for all subjects including Arts, and a seminar room for presentations and other all-school gatherings. There is also an on-site kitchen, a small (temporary) library, and one staff apartment. In progress is the initial phase of a permanent library complex which will include language lab, reception area, and study rooms.
Students have an individualized program which is created according to their choices around core subject areas. Additionally, they choose elective subjects as well as physical and creative arts activities. We actively assist them, usually through our mentoring program, in finding teachers/coaches/guides who can help their talents and interests to progress and grow. Students are generally expected to stay in the program for 4-5 years. This allows ample time for the students to complete a well rounded educational program as an important aspect of their ongoing process of personal development.
Over the last few years (2014) we’ve had from 50 to 57 students per academic year representing between 13 and 18 nationalities. Courses are taught by 7 full-time and 20 part-time Aurovilian teachers from all over the world. Administration has 2 full-time and 2 part-time Aurovilians.
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