Promise Centre is a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten, located in North East Bangalore. We began in 1990 and turned into a Waldorf Kindergarten in 2008, making us the first of its kind in the state of Karnataka. We are a non-profit and operate as a trust.
At Promise Centre, we believe in providing education through experiential learning and through the senses. Following the insights that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf system of education, provided, learning at Promise Centre is a harmonious union of meaningful experiences, which instill a sense of purpose in the young child.
Our objective is to strengthen the innate will of the child through repetition of activities in a reverential manner, which in turn builds the child’s confidence. This confidence lays the foundation for formal education after the age of 6 where the child then reverentially follows his teacher who is the beloved authority. In the early years we strive to protect the wonder of childhood and to keep the purity of the child’s innate nature intact.
We admit only 28-30 children to maintain a 1:10 teacher child ratio.
Every year since our inception for every 10 children we have admitted one differently abled child and for every 19 children, provided free or discounted education for one financially challenged child.
Promise Centre stands on a corner property at the beginning of an eponymous street. The low cost, eco-friendly building was designed and built by Chitra Vishwanath with inputs from Lalitha Mandana, our Founder, in 1998. Its sloping roof, natural light and pastel wall colours make it a well-ventilated space, safe and completely child friendly. The experience of being in the mother’s womb is recreated with the pastels of purples and pinks adorning the walls and only natural sunlight, filtered through the canopy of large ficus, jacaranda, jackfruit and mango trees that stand tall in the school yard. The most striking feature of the interior is its fluid form, enclosing nothing yet extending warmth, protection and spirituality to all who enter the space.
Along with the clean and bare physical space the children are given natural material that stimulate their imagination. All toys in creative free play are wooden and have little to no facial features. There are no complete toys, for example, a few pieces of wood strung together with a rope denote a train. This allows the child’s imagination to go beyond the fixed form of a ‘toy’. Where he can make anything of the toy he is playing with, from a train to a caterpillar to a rope bridge. The child then feels that he is the creator of his own happiness by creating something out of what appears to be ordinary, even a block of wood.
As you enter the classroom there is a ‘nature table’, depicting the seasons and festivals at that time of year. The objects are arranged in a meaningful yet aesthetic manner and are all made of natural material.
The exterior is an equally important space at Promise Centre. The garden, the rope swing, sandpit and 7-foot wooden climbing frame all serve as an extension of the classroom. It is where the children experience and connect with nature in its true form. There is a certain divinity to this space. It bears testimony to what piques their curiosity, be it the dry skeleton of a fallen leaf, a trail of red ants or a fleeting butterfly.