About Us

Education

Pokhrama foundation began its work in education in 2016. For three years the Foundation offered students scholarships to the best local schools of the area. This experiment did not succeed in giving Pokhrama Foundation Scholars a good education, but it opened the Foundation’s eyes to many problems common to schools throughout India: large class sizes (45+ students/class), corporal punishment, teaching to tests and poorly qualified and overworked teachers. In Lakhisrai (the administrative district to which Pokhrama belongs), the situation is, if anything, even more dire. The average class size is 51-60 students/class; dedicated toilets for girls are available in no more than 3 % of the schools, and upwards of 60% schools have no more than three teachers. Unsurprisingly, graduation rates in general are low and most girls drop out of school after grade 8th. Setting up a quality educational center seemed an imperative in such a setting.


Pokhrama Foundation Academy
Sa Vidya YaVimuktaye
That which Truly Liberates is Education

PFA offers an education that stands for freedom from

  • Ignorance
  • Fear
  • Generational poverty
  • Discrimination
  • Lack of opportunity

The Pokhrama Foundation Academy was started in Village Pokhrama, District Lakhisarai, Bihar in 2019. The Academy opened from temporary premises with 27 students and 4 teachers. Today the School has moved to a spacious 7acre campus, teaching 113 students from Kindergarten to Class 9th— with the provision of adding a new grade every year. PFA provides exceptional education to disadvantaged students. It is committed to excellence across a curriculum that includes scholastic disciplines as well as performing and visual arts, computer programming and health and physical education.

Pokhrama Foundation Academy believes in changing lives one student at a time. Ours is the close mentoring and nurturing model which depends on small class sizes and highly motivated and trained teachers. PFA is committed to never having more than 25 students per class (According to the Unicef report on elementary education in Bihar, the average class size in Lakhisarai—the district that houses Pokhrama—is 51-60 students). The School also chooses its teachers very carefully. Selected from top universities in India, all our teachers have master’s degrees, training in cutting edge pedagogical practices and the willingness and training to serve in rural areas. For PFA teachers, teaching is not just a job. It is a calling.

The PFA is a vibrant teaching-learning community marked by the absence of any kind of fear. Abhayadanam or the “gift of fearlessness” belongs with all members of the school body—its students, teachers and non-teaching staff. All members of PFA are encouraged to be “self- governing” and respectful of all. Students are commended for asking questions, thinking for themselves and expressing themselves freely. Every effort is made to impart an education that relates kids to the world around them. It is very much an “education for life, through life”.

The School follows the CBSE curriculum at all grade levels, uses NCERT books, and teaches in dual medium—using both English and Hindi.
{78.2% of our students are first generation learners; 33% have seen extreme violence in their lives; 42% come from a background of grave poverty; 33.2 are from single parent households; and 100% suffer the ills of regional underdevelopment.}

PFA strives for excellence by trying to get several difficult balances right:

  • -- PFA sees education as a way for kids to make sense of the world around them, to query it, and to find their place in it. It also sees education as a resource that should allow kids to do well in the world of work and achieve social mobility.
  • -- Academic excellence is integral to the mission of PFA but so is pursuing excellence in all things non-academic—whether sports, debates and declamations, or the creative and performing arts.
  • -- PFA eschews any hierarchy between subjects. With curiosity, joy, and tenacious hard work PFA believes in building skills in Maths and Science, yes, but equally well in the humanities and Social Sciences too.
  • -- PFA rejects any hierarchy between languages. It acknowledges the importance of English but places equal emphasis on the teaching of and expression in Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and the local language Maghi.
  • -- fearlessness and discipline

Clubs—never repeat anything we do in the class—puzzles, practical things, investigate live issue in the village