Our Values

  • »   All children and families who come to Vidya Sagar, do so because they need support. No one should be turned away. Some support through one of the programmes or Advisory & Referral Clinic must be given.
  • »   All children are valuable and have the same rights.
  • »   No choosing, (Criteria adopted at other centres like child should be toilet trained, verbal etc. not to be adopted at Vidya Sagar). Admission to be given or support in the Advisory Clinic. The more high the support needs (traditionally the severe & profound disabilities) the more the reason that Vidya Sagar should extend itself to the child and family.
  • »   The dilemma between quantity ? quality to be resolved through innovative, family and community based strategies that can help give quality support to large numbers.
  • »   Programmes at Vidya Sagar to be developed around needs of children and families and not the other way around.
  • »   All individual plans for students to be made by intense discussions with the entire multi-disciplinary team and the families. All plans each term, reflected a collective vision of the staff. Reviews and six weeks a year – dedicated to planning by staff is very important and essential.
  • »   Put yourself in the students and families shoes and turn your face to the sun – think of positive and proactive strategies and therapies for development and support. This is with the underlying perspective of inclusion.
  • »   Students of Vidya Sagar must not be known as students who need charity, they should also contribute to the community e.g. collect funds for an earthquake, garbage cleaning in the neighbourhood, join and lead rally against corporal punishment and female foeticide.
  • »   Truth and Honesty are vital values to be imparted. Lying is certainly frowned upon. It is okay to explain, ask questions and give explanations (traditionally called talking back).
  • »   Create an atmosphere where it is deeply entrenched, that there are no differences between children – rich or poor, upper caste or lower caste, brilliant or with profound intellectual disability.
  • »   Education and Schooling is about arousing curiosity and wonder. Push the envelope for every student finding her potential – through innovative plans e.g. – project day, drama workshops (vikasa).
  • »   Build and work towards execution of Dreams – don't let stereotype thinking and the system kill them e.g. Deepak a young boy with cerebral palsy – a sub-editor in the Sports Department of The Hindu. Ummul a girl with cerebral palsy from a conservative muslim family a lawyer etc.
  • »   Think out of the box. Take risks and don't be afraid of failure. `No Guts No Glory'.
  • »   If a plan fails leaders should be magnanimous enough to take the blame and if it succeeds, it's everyone's success, enjoy the bouquets.
  • »   Foster Joy & Happiness – No problem without a solution.
  • »   Teasing and Bullying – frowned upon. No corporal punishment in the school.
  • »   Celebrate life, celebrate creativity and harmony.
  • »   Staff must learn to LISTEN to the student, parents, siblings, grandparents & the community, Vidya Sagar becomes part of each family.
  • »   Build people's abilities – if you have the vision, we have the space.
  • »   Foster perseverance – don't give up – try another way.
  • »   Try and make as flat a hierarchy as possible – Think Matrix not pyramid.
  • »   While training teachers, give it you all – all that you know, don't hold back.
  • »   Build an organisation that is open and free. No secrets in the organisation.
  • »   Respect and dignity for all and general trust and belief in each member of the Vidya Sagar family.
  • »   We have built Vidya Sagar brick by brick layered with love. It has been hard work but a lot of fun.