Aarohi FAQs

About Aarohi FAQs
What is the meaning of Aarohi being an Open Learning Community?

Aarohi is a community of self directed learners -​ children who decide what they want to learn, how they want to learn when they want to learn and assess on their own. We do not follow any philosophy. We follow the child​.

Three keywords that describe Aarohi are Open, Learning, and Community:

  • Open because anybody can join Aarohi. Their socio-economic or any other background doesn’t matter. There is no pre-qualification, no age barrier, and, most importantly, no expectation. All are welcome. Also, Aarohi is open to all kinds of learning. No particular learning is higher or lower than another learning. Each child / family decides what he or she wants to do/learn. Parents, facilitators and peers may suggest or influence these choices, but the decision is always the child’s. A family can join Aarohi anytime of the year.
  • Learning is the core purpose of all actions that happen in Aarohi.  Since the whole world is our curriculum, everything the child decides to do – it could be a chore, a project, a skill development exercise, a campus responsibility or job or just working on one’s interest – facilitates learning. Similarly, the whole community — its infrastructure, its resources and the processes — is designed to offer value addition to the everyone’s learning.
  • Community is how we live, how we learn. Everybody is equal, a peer, a learner, a teacher,  a guide and a support, a contributor. Everybody participates in the working of the community – everybody is responsible for self as well as for the community. The keywords for a community to thrive are equity and co-living.

Aarohi Affiliation & RTE – FAQ

No Aarohi is NOT a school.
It is not registered with government education dept or any educational body (CBSE or ISCE etc).
Aarohi is NOT affiliated to any educational board.

Aarohi is an alternative education space or learning center which allows children to pursue what they want to learn, when they want to learn, how much they want to learn and at what pace they want to learn. 
Aarohi is a learning center where children come as “open” candidates.
Aarohi does not purport itself to offer formal education. It is rather a space for children to come together and learn – with varied resources, all aged peers and sensitive facilitators and guides.
So each child is technically being “home schooled” and is coming to aarohi to further their learning.

Aarohi proposes to offer a learning alternative to the formal education. It offers options in terms of curriculum and syllabus. Hence, to keep itself “open” it is not affiliated to any educational board. This gives children and parents complete educational freedom. Since we want to be similar to unschooling we have purposefully not formed Aarohi on the lines of a formal school. 

Home schooling as we understand RTE is acceptable under RTE act. 
We have reasons to believe that government will allow home schoolers and other open candidates to use open schooling options and let alternate education system flourish.
Education Minister has said to press that RTE is accepting of parents who can afford home education or home schooling.

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However if at some stage it is imperative for the parents to admit their schools in a registered school and the government is not accepting parents using a combination of home schooling and alternative learning centers like Aaorhi – Aarohi will take adequate measures to get due affiliations. At such a juncture will ensure that whatever statutory requirements are complied with. 
This is a promise we are making to all parents. However till such time we can function as a completely autonomous body with open options to all children – we will prefer to continue to operate in this fashion. This is in line with the open spirit of Aarohi.

irst examination at 10th std level is already made optional by boards like CBSE. Hence, 10th exam is not an important exam – unless you want child to attend per-university (PU) college. Otherwise the child can continue to do 11 and 12th as open candidate. In any case the child can give 10th standard exam as an open candidate with

Similarly the child can choose any of the above two for the 12th std or equivalent exam- specially when seeking admission into any college.