Lotus Petal Sr. Secondary School is promoted by Lotus Petal Foundation, India, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 with the goal of providing equal opportunities for underprivileged children living in the urban slums of Gurugram, Haryana, India. The Foundation has over 10 years of grassroots-level expertise in handling challenges faced by underprivileged children and transforming their lives through education.
The school is having state of the art infrastructure, learning facilities, and tailored pedagogy for underprivileged children that ensure learning outcomes are met, and life skills are acquired, along with vocational skills training, and gender sensitization to ensure mainstreaming into livelihoods based on education or pursuing higher professional education.
The school caters to age-appropriate education as well as fast-track education for out-of-school children.
Lotus Petal Sr. Secondary School is being built on a 5-acre land owned by Lotus Petal Foundation. The school campus is 2,10,000 sq. ft. with state-of-art infrastructure and the best learning facilities. It includes a skill development block, 2 school blocks with 81 digitally enabled classrooms, and a block for kitchen and dining. It also has a fully equipped STEAM Lab, Computer Lab, Physics Lab, Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab, Mathematics Lab & a Composite Science Lab for the students. Proper nutrition is provided to the students from the Kitchen & Dining block having the capacity to serve 10,000 meals.
The school has enrolled students from Class 2 to Class 8 and plans to expand to Class 12 soon.
Lotus Petal Sr. Secondary School focuses on improving educational outcomes by providing quality education and laying a solid foundation that prepares underprivileged children for mainstream life. The teaching approach is two-pronged, with an emphasis on learning CBSE-based curriculum as well as the child’s overall development. The holistic development of the child is prioritised, with activities such as psychological counselling, fitness, art, and theatre aimed at bringing out the best in each child. This eventually allows the children to integrate into mainstream society, leaving a long-lasting impact on the lives of the students and their families.
Our children come from low-income families, and the majority of them have learning delays due to generational nutritional deficiencies. To address this issue, we have tailored the school curriculum for the junior classes to focus on the children’s learning levels and abilities. This is to ensure that they fully grasp the concepts and build a solid foundation of knowledge. In our fast-track program, the curriculum is designed to ensure that students who are studying at classes lower than their age are able to cover up the lost years and finish their school education along with vocational skills, life skills, and personality development to be career ready as they enter the mainstream job market. The academic calendar ensures regular evaluation to identify gaps and provide personalized focus on the child. Evaluation reports are designed to ensure parents are able to understand the progress of their child.
Interventions such as a special breakfast and lunch are planned to bridge the nutrition gap in younger children. Regular health examinations are carried out and detailed health reports are maintained to evaluate the child’s gradual development.
The counselling department assists children in understanding and overcoming their struggles, learning delays, and difficulties. To evaluate the child’s gradual development while maintaining confidentiality, detailed assessment reports are maintained. Additionally, parent counselling is also done to ensure that parent is onboarded and kept in the development process.
Technology is the portal to upward mobility. The school’s e-teaching units and digitally enabled classrooms ensure continuous education, making the school lock-down proof. Students are provided with laptops/tablets and data packs to ensure they attend the classes online if the need arises. Students’ tech skills are developed through introduction to computers and e-learning, allowing them to pursue a career of their choice.
Alumni*Alumni of Lotus Petal Foundation’s Pratishthan Learning Center
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The school is having state of the art infrastructure with digitally enabled classrooms, and laboratories for Computers, STEAM, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Social Studies, Language, Art, and Theatre.
There is also a large playground with a synthetic running track. Each student is provided with a digital device – PC, Laptop, or Tab with a full day of internet access.
There are a 50 MBPS leased line connectivity.
The school provides point-to-point transportation to the students. Kitchen & Dining area – approx. 10,000 meals prepared daily
The entire campus is designed to provide accessibility for the physically disabled.
81 classrooms and 8 centers of skill development.
22 acoustic e-teaching rooms for remote teaching.
The entire academics is managed through a cloud-based digital platform.
Digitally Enabled Classrooms
There are 2 computer labs with xx computer. Students from Grade x onwards have access to the computer lab.
The STEAM Lab at the campus allows us to familiarize students with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education.
Theatre is used as an important learning tool of the school curriculum. It helps build key skills in children like creativity, teamwork and communication.
Language Club prepares students to express themselves with clarity and confidence in English language by polishing their communication skills.
The campus is being built keeping in mind the environmental sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) not limiting to quality education, gender equality, reduced inequalities, affordable and clean energy but extending to clean water and sanitation and building sustainable cities and communities.
Campus is equipped with 112 solar panels that provide 50 KW of electricity. Total Capacity will be approximately 350 KW.
Greywater recycling is being actively followed and implemented in the building design. 130 KLD sewage treatment plant has been installed at site to treat the sewage and produce sludge that could be used as manure for horticulture. No untreated sewage shall be disposed of or put inside the earth to prevent sub soil contamination. Tertiary treatment in STP provides treated water that gets stored in an underground tank and then pumped back for reuse in flushing, gardening and other allowable uses. This will bring down the requirement of fresh water by more than 70%.
Gutter beam that runs on the periphery of the roof of the school building collects the rain water from the roof and channelizes that neatly (through a network of drains) to the rain-water harvesting pits. This being a water scarce region, all the water collected from roof is planned to be harvested and recharged back to the earth. The size of gutter beam ensures that the water from roof does not spill and get wasted.
Adequate plantation is done along the boundary and at strategic locations to reduce the ambient temperature and build a green campus. Trees favourable to North Indian climate like ficus benjamina, gulmohar, jacaranda tree, etc. are planted in the campus.
Kushal holds an engineering degree from BIT Mesra, strengthened by a MBA from IIM Lucknow. His professional life catapulted with his stint with IKEA that lasted over a decade. In 2011, Kushal established the Lotus Petal Foundation from his own savings. Kushal actively participated in this sharing his finances and solving situations with his judicious insight. Soon he felt he wished to develop educational models that would help children of various age groups to be a part of a formal skill-based education system. He started the two school programs integrated with nutrition, healthcare, and skill development. To manage and lead the organization, Kushal hung his boots in the corporate sector in 2016 to be fully immersed in the calling of this life journey. He also serves on the Board of Directors of IIM Amritsar.
A writer, journalist, and a graduate of the University of Sheffield, UK, Saloni started her career working with BBC Radio in the UK. She also worked for television channels and print media in India. Saloni was always looking to work with people in need. She found herself spending more of her time volunteering for various non-profits in the United States – Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, to name a few. While volunteering with Ten Thousand Villages in Cincinnati, Ohio, she found new ways in which she could apply herself to give in a substantial way. She ran the Cincinnati Fundraising Chapter for Dining for Women. In India, she found purpose with the underprivileged children of Lotus Petal Foundation in 2013 and eventually moved from volunteering to the role of Co-Founder & CTO of the organization in 2020.