Established September 2003 in Trinidad
Chinmaya Education Movement
The Chinmaya Education Movement is one of Chinmaya Mission’s most valuable contributions to society. From its humble beginnings in 1967 at a nursery school in Kollengode, Kerala (India), the Movement today encompasses over 76 Chinmaya Vidyalayas (schools), 7 Chinmaya colleges, and the Chinmaya International Residential School in India, and the first Chinmaya Vidyalaya outside India’s borders, in Trinidad (West Indies).
In almost 40 years of establishment, growth, and expansion, the Chinmaya Mission’s academic institutions in India, administered by the CCMT Education Cell (CCMT is Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, the apex body of the Chinmaya Mission Worldwide), have seen over one million students walk through their halls and graduate through their doors. In the year 2007, there were over 50,000 students enrolled, over 3,500 dedicated faculty members, and over 1,000 administrative staff members.
The resounding success of the Chinmaya Education Movement has been primarily due to its unique vision of offering academic education complemented with spiritual knowledge. This has been made possible through the distinctive foundation programme of learning-the Chinmaya Vision Programme (CVP)-which was formulated, developed, and implemented by the CCMT Education Cell on all levels of each Chinmaya educational institution.
Born out of the Chinmaya Mission’s commitment to education and excellence is also the Chinmaya Vidyalaya High School, a private secondary school which opened in September 2003. In September 2005, the Chinmaya Mission will be opening another private secondary school as well as a pre-school in Gasparillo, Trinidad, on lands donated to the Ashram. Another pre-school will also operate at the Ashram in McBean.
CHINMAYA VIDYALAYA Trinidad and Tobago is a holistic educational institution encompassing preschool, primary and secondary school education throughout Trinidad. It provides seamless Education With a Difference. The Institution was established in September 2003 by Chinmaya Mission Trinidad and Tobago Inc., for local and international students.
The driving force behind the establishment of the institution was the recognition of the inadequacies in the public education system, and an earnest desire to develop the academic potential as well as the morals and values required for individual and societal uplift in children. The environment in many schools is not conducive to learning, with a preponderance of violence, crime, drugs and other activities hindering the growth of students during the most impressionable stages of their lives.
At the Vidyalaya, we see that in a growing child, individuality is a process of unfoldment over many years. Stage by stage, a child’s awareness and understanding capacities develop. As the child becomes more aware of the world, he moves gradually from the dim consciousness of infancy, through the dreamy days of childhood, to the intellectual awareness of adolescence and then beyond to the rigorous demands of adulthood. Chinmaya Vidyalaya provides a unique forum for this awakening process in its healthiest form.
The integrated development of the child is the focal point of the academic curriculum. Our intense monitoring and assessment systems together with remediation programmes ensure high academic achievement across the curriculum.
Children are exposed to the right kind of educational experiences from the start, and through careful nurturing at every stage emerge into the world as young men and women of moral strength. They are then ready to tackle the myriad challenges of modern life with a firm, clear gaze and a ready stance. Chinmaya Vidyalaya moulds leaders for the future, who seek the welfare of their society and the greater global community before their own needs.
– Chinmaya Vidyalaya Administration, 2013-2014