India is an expanding market in terms of education sector and with more awareness combined with better understanding of value addition elements for the growth of their child, parents are open to exploring new avenues and options just to ensure the right partner in form of a good school to entrust with the responsibility of the education of their wards.
K-12 Education sector has undergone major paradigm shift in the last decade where innovations around pedagogy, teaching methods, facilities, focus towards performing arts, life skill development, community awareness programs, international exchange programs, multiple lab facilities, safety, mental well-being, career counselling, pastoral care and many other aspects are visible. The mid and upper mid segment parents have started understanding the positive impact and need for personality development of students which nowadays forms an integral part of the education being imparted. As opposed to 80s and 90s, there is a considerable growth in shift towards laying equal importance towards a child’s mental well-being and personality development along with the patience and tolerance for letting them figure out their interest areas amongst parents. The need for seeking more depth in a school offering amongst the parents has triggered a new direction in K-12 education sector of India. All Girl’s School in India is gaining exponential traction amongst educated parents in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities where they have an evolved mindset understanding the need to provide an all-round education to their girl child in their growing up years integrated with the agenda for safety, empowerment and exhaustive customized facility offering along with a customized approach for pedagogy.
It is a proven fact that co-ed schools have been the way forward since 70s where education for all genders are taken up on same platforms while creating the necessary understanding facilitating growth of self-actualization measures amongst all students. However, with growing exposures and many recent researches, it has been found that the common approach taken up for pedagogy and imparting education has gaps when it comes to boys and girls along with equal utilization in terms of sports facilities, performing arts and o-curricular facilities along with orientation of life skills. It is getting realized by parents more that equal platforms for girl’s education does not necessarily mean receiving education in a co-ed atmosphere as it is not the only way for empowering a girl child. The pedagogy, teaching methods, club activities, sports, performing arts and various other important aspects as required for balanced education of a girl child needs to be oriented differently. The factor of heightened emotional intelligence quotient has to be taken into consideration along with orientation of skill development in terms of music and dance aspirations, co-curricular aspirations, community awareness practices lending the necessary depth and exclusivity to the offering that would have the necessary outcome of imparting balanced education approach for girl students. In general, and in all practicality, it has been found that co-ed schools have sports facilities and co-curricular facilities that are more biased towards boy child that do not give enough provision for equal utilization of facilities due to limitations for having segregated spaces for practice. In an all girl’s school, the child will have the necessary comfort, flexibility and lesser inhibitions to pursue their interests that would exclusively be designed and developed to cater to the sensitivities as customized for girl students. The curriculum in a girl school is integrated with equality, empowerment through means of developing the necessary self-confidence while teaching them accordingly on life skills aspect to deal proficiently in real life post graduating from the safe environment of the school. The approach in terms of handling a girl child than a boy child is very specific and different as their concerns associated to mental and physical well-being are very different. Similar approaches to deal with such aspect does not have the desired outcome and co-ed has the limitation of being oriented towards male students in India. In an all girl’s school it becomes easier to impart such efficient structures that can appeal to the specific concerns of adolescence in the growing up years of a girl child. The necessary career guidance, career counselling and mental wellness focus for senior girl students are other important aspects and advantages of all girl’s school. In addition to the same, having structured and strong security measures being in place for girl child is another important aspect being assessed by a prospective parent on the basis of which a girl child is entrusted.
As architects and designers for the project, it is necessary that the school building and campus for all girl ‘school should be designed incorporating all necessary elements that would enable us to facilitate effective learning and create the ambience that would provide all exposure platforms for the development of a girl students on all aspects. All learning zone integration within building as well as within the campus is planned to have a focused approach along with having all safety provisions in place.
ASM Green Designs being the best K-12 school architects and planners in India for setting up of All Girl’s School, whether be Day Boarding and All Girl’s School Residential School, have the necessary know how and expertise to design for interested promoters and clients who wish to set up All Girl’s School in India. At present, ASM Green Designs Pvt Ltd are architects and designers for setting up of India’s Largest All Girl’s Day Boarding School coming up in Srinagar. In continuation to the stress points and considerations as mentioned above, we as school architects have also tried to incorporate similar concepts in our upcoming project, FMR Smart School, India’s biggest Residential School Project to get developed in recent times in Golaghat Assam. A girl’s hostel with separate indoor sports block and outdoor sports zone only for girls along with experienced female coaches and trainers for individual sports such as swimming, hockey, boxing, badminton, tennis, football, cricket, table tennis and gymnastics dedicated to the all girl’s students within the campus.
To point and specify some advantages for an all-girl school concept are as following
Freedom of Expressions
Effective Mentoring and Focus on Skill Development with respect to Sports as well as Performing arts
Development of Leadership Skills & Life Skill
Focused and Curriculum approach oriented around the educational needs for girls
– Effective Learning Environment for Girls