Krishnamurti Education Centres
‘School’ comes from the Greek word for leisure – leisure in which to learn, a place where students and teachers can flower, a place where a future generation can be prepared, because school are meant for that, not just merely to turn out human beings as mechanical, technological instruments – though jobs and careers are necessary – but also flower as human beings, without fear, without confusion, with great integrity. And how to bring about such a ‘good’ human being? – I am using the word ‘good’ in its proper sense, not in the respectable sense, but in the sense of a whole human being, not fragmented, not broken up. Although it is very difficult to find teachers who are ‘whole’, we are trying in India (where there are five or six schools), in California, in Canada and here, to see that these schools are real centres of understanding, of comprehension of life.”
“A school is a sacred place where all are learning about the complexity of life and its simplicity. …Education is not only learning about academic subjects but to educate oneself.”
“Letters to the Schools”
15th November 1981
“Parents should understand the kind of education the school intends to give. Generally they are satisfied to see their children preparing to get a degree of some kind which will assure them of a livelihood. Very few are concerned with more than this. Of course, they wish to see their children happy, but beyond this vague desire very few give any thought to their total development. As most parents desire above all else that their children should have a successful career, they frighten or affectionately bully them into acquiring knowledge, and so the book becomes very important; and with it there is the mere cultivation of memory, the mere repetition without the quality of real thought behind it.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty the educator has to face is the indifference of parent to a wider and deeper education. Most parents are concerned only with the cultivation of some superficial knowledge which will secure their children respectable positions in a corrupt society. So the educator not only has to educate the children in the right way, but also to see to it that the parents do not undo whatever good may have been done at the school. Really the school and the home should be joint centres of right education, and should in no way be opposed to each other, with the parents desiring one thing and the educator doing something entirely different. It is very important that the parents be fully acquainted with what the educator is doing, and be vitally interested in the total development of their children. It is as much the responsibility of the parents to see that this kind of education is carried out, as it is of the teachers, whose burden is already sufficiently heavy. A total development of the child can be brought about only when there is the right relationship between the teacher, the student and the parents. As the educator cannot yield to the passing fancies or obstinate demands of the parents, it is necessary for them to understand the educator and co-operate with him, and not bring about conflict and confusion in their children.
The child’s natural curiosity, the urge to learn exists from the very beginning, and surely this should be intelligently encouraged continually, so that it remains vital and without distortion, and will gradually lead him to the study of a variety of subjects. If this eagerness to learn is encouraged in the child at all times, then his study of mathematics, geography, history, science, or any other subject, will not be a problem to the child or to the educator. Learning is facilitated when there is an atmosphere of happy affection and thoughtful care.”
KFI EDUCATION CENTRES IN INDIA
RISHI VALLEY EDUCATION CENTRE
Rishi Valley 517 352,
Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Tel:  (0)8571 280 622, Fax:  (0)8571 280 261
RISHI VALLEY EDUCATION CENTRE
RISHI VALLEY SCHOOL
RISHI VALLEY RURAL EDUCATION CENTRE
RAJGHAT EDUCATION CENTRE
Rajghat Fort, Varanasi 221 001, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Tel:  (0) 542 244 0336 and 244 1536
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
RAJGHAT BESANT SCHOOL
Tel:  (0)542 244 0336 and 244 0579
VASANTA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN
Tel: (91) (0) 542 244 1187
ACHYUT PATWARDAN SCHOOL
The Rural Centre, Rajghat
Tel:  (0) 542 244 1248
THE CHENNAI EDUCATION CENTRE
THE SCHOOL – KFI, CHENNAI
Damodar Gardens, Besant Avenue, Chennai 600 020, India.
Tel:  (0)44 491 5845
(About 15 km from Thirukazhukundram on road leading to Kanuguzhi,
17 Km from Chengalpet via Ottivakkam, Chennai.)
Tel:  (0)44 – 24915845, 24465144
BANGALORE EDUCATION CENTRE
KFI, ‘Haridvanam’, Thatguni, Bangalore 560 062, India.
Tel:  (0)80 284 35240, Fax:  (0)80 284 35242
THE VALLEY SCHOOL
Tel:  (0)80 284 35241/2/3
KAIGAL EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (KEEP)
Kaigal, Thotakanam Post, Byreddipalli Mandal,
Chittoor-517415, Andhra Pradesh
Website: http:// www.kaigalconserve.info
Tiwai Hill, Rajgurunagar, District – Pune, Maharashtra – 410 513, India.
Tel:  (0)2135 325 582, Fax:  (0)2135 284 269
Akash-Deep, 28 Dongersi Road, Mumbai 400 006, India
EDUCATION CENTRES IN ENGLAND
BROCKWOOD PARK SCHOOL
Bramdean, Hampshire SO24 0LQ, England.
EDUCATION CENTRES IN USA