Introduction to Sahodaya

Sahodaya is a concept literally meaning ‘rising together’. The concept of Sahodaya School complexes came into existence in the year 1986 to facilitate synergy of ideas among the school of CBSE, for excellence in education. Sahodaya School complexes is a group of neighbourhood schools voluntarily coming to share their innovative practices in all aspects of school education including curriculum design, evaluation, and pedagogy and also providing support services for teachers and students. Some Sahodaya clusters also engage with parents and leaders in the community to build partnerships and network for a larger cause.

This concept of Sahodaya, that is imbued with the spirit of caring and sharing and is meant to facilitate closer networking and collaboration among the schools of the CBSE family & aims at excellence in education, is developed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) New Delhi, the largest governing body of academics with nearly 10,000 schools affiliated to it within the country as well as abroad (118 Schools) functioning under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. It is a unique and interactive platform for all CBSE affiliated Schools to share their experience and to work jointly for scholastic and co-scholastic excellence and to deliberate upon the different policies and guidelines of the board and provide effective feedback on their implementation to establish new benchmark of qualities in the field of education. It aims at the futuristic vision of schooling that needs to embrace various section of society with a view to establish social justice in terms of providing equal opportunities

In 1987, CBSE brought out a publication titled, “Freedom to learn and freedom to grow through Sahodaya School Complexes” (SSCs) which characterized “SSCs” as a voluntary association of schools in a given area, who through mutual choices, have agreed to come together for a systematic and system-wide renewal of the total educational process. In other words as “Sahodaya” signifies rising together, it identified six areas, to begin with, for collaboration amongst schools of its complex:

  • Educative Management
  • Evaluation
  • Human Resource Mobilization
  • Professional growth of teachers
  • Value oriented school climate
  • Vocationalisation of education.

At present there are around 250 active Sahodaya School Complexes across the country with the networking of 4500 schools. In order to bring Sahodaya members on a common platform the Board conducts a National Annual Conference of Sahodaya School Complexes every year on an identified theme of current educational relevance. Besides facilitating broad interactions among practitioners, it also serves as an effective channel of interaction between schools and the CBSE and thereby helps the Board in formulating its policies in a progressive and pragmatic manner. The deliberations on the issues arising out of the conference theme trigger meaningful thought processes which are then encapsulated in the form of Recommendations and disseminated to the other members of the Sahodaya.