APV is slowly changing the minds of those that doubted the pedagogy from the beginning. Recently, SBMA staff has accepted that the APV pedagogy is the right direction for education in Uttarakhand and has fully supported APV in working with government schools to bring about change. The community has also started to embrace the school. With money coming in by way of teacher’s trainings and consultancies, APV has started a community fund in order to support the families of the students who are in need and to bring the community into their children’s education. Recently, the government has also expressed encouragement for the APV school and philosophy: Pandey ji, the Director of Education, the highest governmental post in Uttarakhand’s education system, has visited the APV school and voiced his excitement in the program and future support.
As this is being written, APV is working with 24 government schools through teacher and student workshops. Through APV’s previous workshops, it was discovered that many government teachers do not competently know many of the concepts that they are suppose to teach their children and they conveyed that they were not entirely willing or had enough energy to learn. In addition to this, there is typically one or two teachers for 40 + students, a ratio that makes it virtually impossible to give adequate attention to the children. Thus, APV’s approach to the workshop is to empower the older children, who contain boundless energy and interest, to aid in educating the younger students, a concept that has been enacted in the APV school. This student/student teaching scheme has been embraced by student and teacher alike and hopefully will set the foundation for true change in the overarching educational system.