The Children of Mitraniketan

“Real education consists in drawing out the best of yourself.
What better book can there be than the book of humanity?”

Mahatma Gandhi, Harijan, March 30, 1934

Mitraniketan´s aim is to give disadvantaged children a chance to get a proper education. Most of the boarding school pupils (1st – 10th form) come from the tribal District of Wayanad – about 600 km to the mountainous north of Kerala. Mitraniketan has two hostels, a girls´ hostel and a boys´ hostel, and the school offers three daily meals to these pupils.

The school consists of small open-air class-rooms scattered around the campus. You could get the impression that these “huts” are a bit primitive. But you are mistaken. In the moist climate of Southern India these “airy” buildings are extremely comfortable. There will always be a breath of air, so it does not get too hot in the summer.

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Open-air classrooms

Open-air classrooms