Vidya Aranya offers a Waldorf-inspired elementary school program: working with Rudolf Steiner’s curriculum, which honors the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of the growing child, our teachers proceed from the conviction that children possess an innate interest in the world around them and a love for learning. We believe that the teacher’s primary role is to remove the obstacles which hinder that innate curiosity, while also fostering opportunities for active problem-solving through both individual initiative and collaboration with others. Throughout, we endeavor to give each child the time to manifest their unique strengths and interests.
Vidya Aranya is an open, affirming international community of families, children and staff. The medium of instruction is English, but through our curriculum, school festivals and fund-raising events, we actively draw on the rich cultural diversity of our community. Cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are not abstract virtues at Vidya Aranya; they are worked out each day in the classroom and in the children’s very active play.
In every aspect, our school has been designed to allow students to learn in close proximity to the natural surroundings. Our classrooms provide shade and the necessary sense of being held, but air and the magical Goan sunlight are all around. Outside the classrooms, every long-limbed cashew tree and secluded corner provide magical, spaces for discovery, learning and play. Because we value our surroundings, we also make an effort to educate our students about the history and geography of Goa, its ecological, plant, and animal life, as well as the environmental pressures that affect not only South Goa, but also the globe as a whole.
Value & Affordability
Vidya Aranya School is run by a not-for-profit educational trust that aims to provide a holistic education within the local community of Goa, India. Because of this the fees are kept low and the school stays affordable for people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We also offer a discount on fees for families enrolling more than one child: 15% for the second and 50% for the third.