All the wealth of the world cannot help one little Indian village if the people are not taught to help themselves. Our work should be mainly educational, both moral and Intellectual
- Swami Vivekananda
In alignment with Swami Vivekananda's teaching SVYM's education initiatives stresses on the joyful and experiential aspects of learning. The focus is on providing value based education with appropriate vocational training in an environment suited for the life-style of the local tribal and rural areas.
Viveka Tribal Center for Learning is a residential school for tribal children initiated in the year 1988 and is recognized by government since 1990. It is offering unique environment and facilities to encourage education among tribal children. The school is home for about 425 students from forest based tribal communities like Jenukuruba, Kaadukuruba, Yerava and soliga. The aim of this institution is to impart quality education to tribal children of HD Kote aged between 6 to 15 years.
Viveka School of Excellence was established in 2002 in the outskirts of Saragur and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. The school is committed to provide child centric quality education for 512 rural based children. The school has classes from Montessori to 10th standard. The School has well equipped library for accessing academic books. Innovative labs for mathematics, science and computer help students with hands on experience and joyful learning.
With an aspiration to transform rural and tribal youth to be value based humane teachers, Vivekananda Teacher Training and Research Center was instituted in 2006. It runs a 2 years Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) program with an annual intake of 50 students with 20% of seats reserved for the forest based tribes, especially girls.
Premavidya, is a program started in 2006 with the mission of breaking the cycle of poverty for families by improving the quality of education for their children at the school level and encouraging students to pursue meaningful job oriented courses by providing scholarships and innovative family saving schemes. Premavidya is spread over 7 districts of Karnataka i.e. Bangalore, Mysore, Yadgiri, Tumkur, Hassan, Raichur and Uttara Kannada. In 2013, the program reached out to 22181 students across 230 schools; 200 Kannada medium and 30 English medium.
Viveka Scholar Program provides academic support to meritorious students who are economically backward, aspiring to continue higher education. Students are offered rigourous academic coaching through a team of dedicated tutors and volunteers. Moral support is offered through life skills coaching, mentoring and counseling. Performance of the students is continuously tracked through regular an assessment that helps in providing ongoing support to meritorious students.
Vijnana Vahini – (Mobile Science Van) started in 2008 with the aim of improving scientific temperament among the students of HD Kote Taluk. The project also aims to empower the government and private schools to provide schools to provide quality science education to their students and create a platform to enhance children’s interest and creativity in science.
Vijnana Vahini had setup a Centre for Innovation (CfI) and a Resource Centre (RC) at Saragur in order to create a platform for all students, teachers and community members with innovative ideas which they would like to experiment or do further research on. It has three components- Science Laboratory facilities, Exploratory Park and Research Unit. Exploratory park have both indoor and outdoor components focussing on the development of scientific skills like observation, classification, measurement, making inferences etc. It is designed to have the following sections – Light & Sound, Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Chemistry, Health, Flora & Fauna,, Patterns in nature, Astronomy, Technology around us and History of Science. A separate section on astronomy is being created