Sahodaya, a concept literally meaning ‘’Rising Together’ came into being in the year 1986, to facilitate the synergy of ideas among the schools of CBSE for excellence in education. A Sahodaya School Complex is a group of neighborhood schools voluntarily coming together 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. It is indeed an interactive platform for schools to deliberate upon the different policies and guidelines of the board and provides effective feedback on their implementation to establish new benchmarks of quality. There is no doubt that much more knowledge is generated when a team or group committed to a common goal undertakes the task of remodeling and refashioning in a spirit of caring and sharing. Thus Sahodaya introduces the relevance of cooperative learning and collaborative networking. This is further facilitated by the annual Sahodaya Conference held every year to critically examine the relevant issues and evolve a viable and effective framework of action.
This concept 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 platform for all CBSE-affiliated schools to share their
experience and to work jointly for scholastic and co-scholastic
excellence. 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
1. Educative Management
3. Human Resource Mobilization
4. Professional growth of teachers
5. Value-oriented school climate
6. Vocationalisation of education
It is an interactive platform for schools to deliberate upon the different policies and guidelines of the board and provide effective feedback on their implementation to establish a new benchmark of qualities. A futuristic vision of schooling needs to embrace various sections of society with a view to establishing social justice in terms of providing equal opportunities.