Brianna is currently working as a teaching assistant in Kurukshetra in the state of Haryana, about three hours from Delhi.
I arrived at my school, Amatir Kanya Gurukul, in the beginning of August 2016; having just completed an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at the University of Kent in the U.K.
I had no formal teaching experience and had never visited India before.
I’d been told to expect anything and everything and after three and a half months these words of advice couldn’t have been more prophetic.
Having lived at the school, alongside the girls and other teachers, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the strong work ethic and determination held by those around me and the impact the teachers here have on their students.
Kanya Gurukul is still relatively new; it was established in 2002 as a place of protection for young girls, especially those from under-developed communities, offering them an education that places discipline, tradition, awareness and creativity at its core whilst instilling the philosophy that their girls are capable of anything they put their mind to.
While no doubt you could apply the statement ‘no two days are the same’ to any school worldwide, this phrase couldn’t fit Kanya Gurukul more perfectly.
From the array of festivals the school celebrates, as they promote and endorse all religions, to the creative passion held by both students and teachers, the school forms a diverse and committed environment.
The Principal, Dr Priti Pathak Ojha, and other staff members at Kanya Gurukul actively emphasised the importance of other disciplines such as the arts (dance, theatre, fine art, music, paper making and quilling) to not only invoke creativity but to offer girls the chance to express themselves freely, exploring central cultural and social issues as well as exposing their students to opportunities in other career prospects.