Ever thought of becoming a toddler again and going through school all over? Whether you have or not, you are bound to wish the same after you see these unique schools in Goa. I discovered them through an extension of the tour of the Houses of Goa Museum. If you have missed that post, you can access the same here.
These school have been designed Gerard da Cunha – the same architect who has conceptualized the Houses of Goa museum. They are run by his wife and cater to both toddlers and high school kids. Nisha’s play school was the first building to be built and was shortly followed by Shiksha Niketan – the school for the higher kids. Since we had a bit of a wait time at the Houses of Goa Museum, Gerard suggested a tour of these schools and that is how, I ended up checking them out. Let me start with a quick introduction the concept and the rest is more of a photo journey.
Concept of the schools near the Houses of Goa Museum
The schools are designed keeping two key parameters in mind –
- Eco friendliness
- Child Friendliness
Gerard has taken special care to ensure that all the nooks and corners of the school cater to these two aspects. The school are on a slope and have been designed such that the inclines are used creatively in a building while the flat area behind the buildings is being utilized as a playground. Gerard’s designs have ensured that not just the space is effectively utilized but also, that the school gets enough of natural light and air. A perfect healthy and natural environment for the young minds.
Having said that, let me share my reasons of why I want to go back to being a toddler in this school 😀
Colorful yet Earthy interiors
Colors are such mood uplifters. The bright shelves, alcoves and the tiles against the earthy walls definitely make you feel cheerful. I particularly loved this waiting bench.
Classrooms of my size
In this giant world of adults, imagine how the little tyrants feel. :). Gerard rightly sized up the rooms and its furniture to let the Lilliput have their own world. All the shelves, benches, tables and stations are sized for toddlers.
Free Play Area with no supervision
I loved role playing. I remember spending hours dressing up my dolls, putting them into prams and taking them shopping. I have seen my daughter doing it too and well, modern science has it that this aspect of a kid’s life is indeed, essential for their development. Nisha’s playschool has it covered well into small zones where these kids can play without any supervision. An adult cannot even enter it without really bending their frames :D.
Sliding down the school
This one really had me wanting to become a kid again. I would have loved to zoom down those earthy slides while the teacher walked those spiral staircases. Literally stay a step ahead of the adults. 🙂
As I understood from Gerard, the kids are encouraged to slide down rather than walk down the steps. Even the descent to the playground has a lovely wide slide.
The greens around the school were indeed quite refreshing – specially these lovely creepers.
Harry Potter Rooms
The room below the staircase was a store house and aptly named the Harry Potter room. Me being a Potterhead, loved the whole idea.
This one I spotted from the third floor of the Houses of Goa Museum. The open air theater had some pokey things and that got me asking what it was. Those I am told are bottles, that were collected by the students of the school and used for the construction of the walls. That is when my admiration for the school and fascination for it went up notches.
If you are visiting the Houses of Goa Museum, I would urge you to spend a few more minutes and take up this tour of the schools here. They definitely give you a different perspective to education and ecologically sustainable architecture. I am glad I stumbled upon it for it was indeed something unique in this modern world. Don’t you think so?
- On how to get to Goa and the Houses of Goa Museum, please refer to my earlier post on the same or visit the official website of the Houses of Goa Museum
- The school tours is available at the Houses of Goa Museum. You can check at the reception of the museum for the same. Here is the snapshot of the poster kept that gives you all the details, including the tour fee of INR 50 per head.
- Please do not take any pictures of the kids here as the same is strictly prohibited.
- Though visitors are allowed, please be cognizant that this is a functional school. If you are visiting on work days, please keep the noise levels down.
- Certain areas of the school have a restricted access. Please respect the same.
- While here, remember to also, check out the unique shop of Mario Miranda merchandise. This is just across the road and you can buy some unique gifts here.