First State-Funded Hindu School to Follow National Curriculum

December 18, 2006

Source: Andhra Cafe

London-- A team of experts is working on weaving Hindu religious elements into the government-prescribed national curriculum that will be taught in Britain's first state-funded Hindu faith school.

Krishna Avanti Primary School is scheduled to welcome its first intake of students from September 2008. A 'register of interest' has been launched for parents of prospective pupils. According to Nitesh Gor, director of I-Foundation, all major Hindu groups in Britain have expressed support to the school, including the Hindu Forum of Britain, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Chinmaya Group and Hindu Council.

'The primary school aims to give Hindu parents a choice of school consistent with their faith. At present, voluntary aided schools exist for every other major religion in the UK and it is right that the Hindu community is not denied this option in the education of their children', Gor said.

The school will be located in Harrow, which has the largest population of Hindus in any borough in Britain (40,000 or 20 percent of the population). Its design is intended to have minimal impact on the environment.