The structure is built using rat-trap bond that minimizes heat, and sound transfer. Which means our summers are cool, and in the harsh Amravati winters, our classrooms remain warm. To further reduce the energy requirement, the entire infrastructure has been designed to be airy and to allow plenty of natural light.
Located in the lap of nature, the premises shares its front with forest land. Hence, pollution is at its minimum. The classrooms have large windows to allow for natural air and light. The corridors are walled with angular brick jalis for spontaneous ventilation. To add an extra-boost, the corridors have been lined with oxygen-enriching plants such as Sansevieria.
The use of concrete has been limited to the government requirement of pucca structures. Everywhere else, sustainable materials have been used. Walls bear their natural, exposed-brick state. While the floors and windows have been made using stones such as granite & kota. Plastic has been avoided in the classrooms by replacing the furniture with recycled/ply wood and metal. We use green boards and chalks, replacing the environmental hazards that come with whiteboards. Even our dustbins are made from recycled oilcans! The doors have been made by adivasis associated with the Sampoorna Bamboo Kendra, Lavada, to align with the intent of the place, while also contributing towards tribal development. Only naturally-treated bamboos have been used.
Besides this, we also have an effective Ground Water Recharge system, and a decent Rain Water Harvesting system to save water using the natural terrain and contours.
Immense efforts have been taken while researching and cultivating the flora and fauna of the premises. Special care has been taken to promote and preserve declining species. We believe in attracting life instead of caging it. The Neevam premises is a cruelty-free zone for all life. From children to the birds, animals and plants; all co-exist in harmony.
The planning and general design have been meticulously done to allow for creativity and free-thinking. Straight, monotonous, mundane corridors have been replaced with innovative paths and open-to-sky atria. Pockets and spaces created due to the artistic design have been utilized judiciously to form cozy reading spaces and intense discussions/debates. Box windows provide seating for freedom to learn, with a view.
We have also added a little zing to the general aesthetics by:
1. Promoting Gond art from the entrance and inwards
2. Focusing the washroom artwork on sensitivity and empowerment (Yes, we have artwork in our washrooms too)
3. An amphitheater to host various artistic performances.
The study at Neevam is not limited to the textbook. We live what we learn. The premises hosts a plethora of life that is normally only seen in the pages of the textbook. Yet, here the children learn gratitude, empathy and mindfulness to care for and cultivate what becomes their greatest teacher: Their environment. We have specialized patches for medicinal (ayurvedic) plants, spices, flowers, and for farming. These are looked after by the children and teachers, together.
1. Is this school real??
Yes! This school is very real. In fact, it is today a hotspot for top educators, educationists and architects, alike. Although this dream premises holds many at awe, we are very much grounded to reality. We believe in having deeper roots and growing tall. Just like the tree in our symbol!
2. Is the school affiliated to a board?
The school is affiliated, and is recognized by the RTE act of 2009 of Government of India. Ask us for our UDISE number.
3. How do we get admission for our children?
Although we have a strict vetting process, we also have a compassionate ecosystem of hand-holding new/potential parents. Our office personnel are warm, patient and informative in this regard. So, reach out to us at our camp office: Neevam Early Sprouts, Jog layout, Camp, Amravati 444602.
We pledge to:
1- Protect and honor mother Earth
2- Act for the planet by making global warming an urgency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and choosing clean energy.
3- Respect, protect and preserve our resources to ensure future generations a greater tomorrow.
4- Reduce our impact on the environment by individual and institutional actions, by exploring options in alternative transportation, waste reduction and recycling, appliance efficiency and awareness of how the decisions we make affect our personal environment and the world as a whole.
5- Adopt a sustainable lifestyle: the collective efforts of individuals can make a huge impact for conserving resources and protecting the environment.
6- Protect and respect animals, their natural habitats and biodiversity, endangered species and communities.
7- Cut down on meat consumption and favor vegetable consumption: Feeding, housing, processing, transporting, and selling meat uses way more energy — and water — than simpler foods like fruits, grains, and vegetables. Plus it’s healthier!
8- Reduce energy, water and food waste, for a more equitable sharing and preservation of our resources.
9- Choose local and organic products: by reducing transportation and chemicals, we make a healthy choice for us and the planet.
10- Reduce our plastic consumption, and favor reusable and recyclable goods:
too many plastics are responsible for killing animals in the ocean, by ingestion.