School is the first outdoor institution to impart education to our children. Have you ever thought which is the world’s largest school and where it is? You would be surprised to know that it is in our own country India. So, let us know about this school.
India has the pride to have world’s largest school. City Montessori School (CMS) situated at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh is the biggest school in terms of students. More than 55,000 students study in 18 branches of this school. Consequently, this prestigious school finds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest school.
Awards and prizes
CMS is the only school in the world to receive UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002. Furthermore, Spiritual leader Dalai Lama conferred the school with ‘Hope of Humanity’ award. In 2014, CMS society was accredited as an NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
CMS is a co-educational English medium school where students up to class 12 study. It is affiliated to the Delhi based Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). In addition, the school has a partnership with Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), United Kingdom.
Dr Jagdish Gandhi and Dr Bharti Gandhi established this school in 1959. They borrowed just Rs 300 and started the school with only 5 students in a rented campus. Through their sincere and untiring efforts, the number of students gradually increased. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, currently, 55,547 students are enrolled in the school.
Despite having such a large number of pupils, each classroom has only 45 students. The school gives priority to the overall development of the students. Students learn not only the traditional subjects, but also music, dance, drama, sports, debate and participate in several events and improvement programmes. Several students and teachers of this school have participated in various international events across the world.
The school has a unique philosophy. It is aimed to produce good human being and to serve the world. The motto of the school is ‘Jai Jagat’ (Victory to the World). This has definitely excelled in the national slogan ‘Jai Hind’. The philosophy of ‘Jai Jagat’ is based on Sanskrit shloka Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (The whole earth belongs to one family).
Spiritual education is one of the important parts of delivering education to school children. CMS believes that a child is a spiritual being. Daily prayer-assemblies are well planned. The school performs an integrated All Religion Prayer before the commencement of every event. This teaches the children to embrace diversity and create a reverence for all religions.
Different teaching methods
For the development of spirituality in children, CMS has adopted several methods to lead a virtuous life. Through music classes, children learn emotions and deepen their spirituality. To promote good qualities among children, the CMS Film Division has made several films based on moral values. These films are shown on a regular basis around the year. To communicate the vision of the school, CMS also runs two FM radio stations in the city.
CMS founders organise Peace Congresses in the form of 28 international events annually. The purpose of these events is to promote the ideals of unity and peace across the globe. Certainly, Children gain confidence and life experiences.
City Montessori School runs ‘teacher guardian programme’. Through this innovation, teachers visit the home of five students each month. As required, they give instant advice to the families of the students. These suggestions help students improve their learning skills.
Track records and achievements
CMS is famous for its excellent track record. About 40% of students get 90% or higher marks in the exams. The school authorities also evaluate the teachers to brighten their competency. By doing this, they ensure no student is lagging in the study. Further, the school confers honour to such teachers whose students score high in nationwide exams.
A number of achievements made by CMS make it one of the best schools. Many students secure top positions with 99% marks in All India ICSE and ISC merit list every year. Likewise, Several CMS students get admission with a scholarship from top universities of USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The list does not end here. Students and alumni of this school have got awards in international tests, have cracked Indian Civil Services Exams and have qualified tests of India’s top professional courses.
So, this is really heartening to see that our country has the largest school in the world.
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