Drive down the undulating Wagholi-Lohegaon Road with fields stretching on either side till you reach a picturesque little cottage standing out against the wide sky. Here, you will find a pre-primary and primary school set up by Madhavi Kapur — a school that every child would dream of. She dreamt of a peaceful future for all children and named the school the ‘Bridge of Peace’ — ‘AMAN SETU’. She envisioned a space where all the socially-created gaps of varying class, caste, religion and linguistic groups and learning needs are “Bridged in peace” – where children learn to work, study and play in harmony. Our carefully structured demography ensures a healthy mix representing the plurality of our country. Years before the RTE act came into being, Madhavi had visited socially and economically backward areas and sponsored many of these children to come and learn amongst other children at Aman Setu. Many of her educational beliefs and policies that were implemented in her schools were later taken up by the educational officials. The RTE act mentions no child is to be failed. Madhavi was implementing this firmly for the last 30 years.
Her commitment to an eco-sensitive lifestyle is visible in the choice of building materials and the way our curriculum is organised. Aman Setu has been built using locally found materials only and to a large extent recycled crates, bottles and even a bus shell.
She believed that everyone here is on the learning curve: teachers, students, parents, trustees, helpers … everyone.
The school community will miss her presence but is further enthused to now carry her legacy forward.
Aman Setu, Wagholi