Basic Core Curriculum

Currently the students meet five days a week at a rented building. Our goal is to have our own property and school building within three years. This schedule is subject to change as we aim to reflect our mission statement, which takes into consideration the individual assets of each student.

This schedule is meant to reflect the basic core curriculum that each student must be exposed to during the course of the day. Other activities such as caring for cows, engaging in small construction projects and doing community service will become integrated into the daily curriculum.

Daily Program

07:00-07:30

Bhajans (songs of praise), morning meditation in accordance to the Gaudiya Math tradition.

7:30-9:30

Standard curriculum classes consisting of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and other subjects according to the level of the students.

9:30-10:00

Honor prasadam (have lunch with honor and respect)

10:00

Students go to government mandatory school.

17:00-18:30

Offer a variety of trade and sports classes according to availability of teachers (i.e. cooking, sewing, music, dancing, cricket, arts and crafts).

18:30-20:00

Standard curriculum classes consisting of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and other subjects according to the level of the students.

Daily Program

06:00 – 07:30

Bhajans, morning meditation and Bhagavad-gita class in accordance to the Gaudiya Math tradition.

7:30 – 9:00

Breakfast and free time.

9:00 – 10:00

Morning exercise routine.

10:00 – 10:50

Break/Shower get ready for classes.

10:50 – 13:00

Work according to schedule.

13:00 – 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 – Dark

Work outside in scheduled assignment. This is according to season. If it is too hot outside, then classes will be held indoors until around 4:00 when the temperature cools off a little.

18:30 – 19:30

Gaura aratik, evening prayers/meditation, Srimad Bhagavatam class.

19:45 – 20:45

Honor evening prasadam. Break/free time.

20:45 – 21:45

One more core subject class to end the day.

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The goal of GATEi is to become a boarding school in which the students spend 8 months of the year on campus. The conception is to absorb the youth in active and practical activities throughout the day and to cultivate self-reliance. Free time is considered essential for bodily and mental growth and according to some studies, as well as practical life experience, having short intermediate breaks is refreshing and allows for a long and productive day. The schedule therefore will include scheduled breaks and free time.

The day will begin around sunrise with bhajans, prayer and meditation. However, before bhajans a brief exercise or warm-up is recommended. This means the students will be taught simple physical warm-up exercises to get the body awake. In addition, the students may exercise or take a shower. The idea is to allow freedom and not to form a type of military style encampment. However, a regimen will be enforced but the regimen will allow for choices and freedom. For example, all students must attend the Morning Prayer, meditation and Bhagavad Gita class session. Attendance is mandatory but the details such as wearing the tilak and dhoti etc…shall be encouraged in a loving way with the younger students and more strictly on the older students. In other words, the curriculum set down by the organization must be followed but the schedule is created to be flexible and to consider the individual student.

After the Bhagavad Gita class, a brief breakfast snack/free time is provided for 30 minutes. This will usually include a drink and fruit and cereal. Next will be a full exercise/training session. According to the available teacher, a particular exercise will be taught. For example, one current teacher holds a black belt in hapkido (type of martial arts) and the teacher will lead the students in one hour of hapkido techniques. On other occasions the students may engage in cricket. The exercise/training time is essential in the morning because this will give the body energy for the day. Other sports may occur in the afternoon, but it is essential to have at least 30-45 minutes of warm-up training in the morning before beginning the day’s lessons.
After the morning training session: shower/refresh with full breakfast and free time until 11:00. So, morning prayer from 06:00-07:30. Breakfast and free time from 07:30-09:00. From 09:00-10:00 morning exercise routine. Break for shower and rest until 10:50.

Class begins at 10:50. Classes may vary according to season and available teachers. It would be wise to have outdoor classes during the day and “core” subjects inside during the evening and on rainy days. Our ideal is to build the campus using the help of students. We will hire professional engineers to build the buildings according to blueprints and part of the contract with the workers will be to engage the students according to individual capacity. Therefore, daytime will be utilized in construction work for those who are able and for agriculture work for others. In addition, students will be engaged in kitchen work. A rotating schedule will be instilled in which each student has some exposure to all of the activities on campus. This could be a weekly, bi-weekly or a monthly schedule. This should not be a daily rotation because it takes at least one day to get comfortable with the surroundings. Again, our aim is not to make this a military encampment, rather the purpose is to expose students to real life situations and to provide experience in addition to theoretical knowledge. In other words, we will develop the curriculum according to the circumstances rather than creating an artificial curriculum and forcing the situation to conform to the prescribed curriculum. For example, the students may learn about geometry while learning how to cut wood to make a desired angle. The goal will always be to educate the students and not necessarily to build fast. Thus one set of students will be engaged in kitchen work for one week and those same students will move to the construction site after one week in the kitchen area. Following one week on the construction site, the same students will move to the agricultural field for one next week after which they will spend one week learning how to take care of the cows in the goshala.

From 10:50-1:00 work according to rotating schedule. Lunch and break from 1:00-2:15. This allows time for eating and playing and taking a shower if desired. 2:15-dark work outside or in scheduled assignment. This is according to season. If it is too hot outside, then classes will be held indoors until around 4:00 when the temperature cools off a little. This means we will have all kinds of indoor subjects prepared and this will follow a weekly schedule too. During the evening we will have gaura aratik then more indoor classes. We will have Gaura aratik and bhajans and class from 18:30-19:30. A short bhagavatam is sufficient for youth because of short attention span. Besides, there is also a brief morning Bhagavada Gita class. After class, then prasadam from 19:45-20:45. From 20:45-21:45 one more core subject class to end the day.

This schedule allows for plenty of down time and is designed to encourage the students to cultivate self-discipline in daily activities. Students will be required to follow certain rules and regulations but the most important regimen will be to follow the prayer and meditation sessions. The rest of the rules will be flexible but with boundaries. Normal childish behavior will be tolerated and the students will be aware of this. However, the organization reserves the right to establish boundaries and enforce consequences of undesired behavior.