Bhaktivedanta Manor School is no longer directly under the temple. It has been taken over by a new charity; The Gurukula Trust which is comprised of devotees whose goal is make sure the Gurukula survives and thrives.
Is the temple no longer involved with the school?
The Manor continues to support the Gurukula through providing the use of the property and the supply of prasadam without cost amongst many other things. Over time the Manor wishes for the Gurukula to be more self sustaining and not require funding from the temple.
Why does the Gurukula need to fundraise?
Education is expensive and being such a small school we don’t benefit on the economies of scale that larger schools do. Teachers are under paid and resources are limited. The parents do pay fees but they are modest and the reason for that so that the Gurukula is affordable to all families who want a spiritual and devotional education for their child regardless of financial circumstances. Over time our goal is to increase the fees while also creating a hardship fund for those who cannot afford the full fees. It is really important that anyone who wishes to access the Gurukula can regardless of their financial position. All devotee children should benefit from a Gurukula education.
What will the money be used for?
As the financial support gradually is removed from the temple we need to make sure that the school can function. Fundamentally that our devotee teachers can be paid inline with other schools. More than that though we want to keep the institution of Gurukula alive. There are so few remaining in the world. This one has been going for over 30 years and in this time of need it requires your support. The Gurukula needs to invest to improve the provision of education and the resources that the children receive.
Why is Gurukula important?
Bhagavad Gita states that children born in devotee families are very rare. To nurture these children so that they grow up with a natural devotion to Krishna and become important members of our ISKCON community. Srila Prabhupada put a major emphasis on Gurukula’s and the reality is that spiritual movements do not grow unless we invest in our children. Gurukula is vital for the growth of our movement and for it to no longer exist would be a tragic loss to the ISCKON UK landscape. So please help to keep this Gurukula going for the benefit of the wonderful children that will become the next generation of devotees. As little as £10 per month can really help. If a little is given from a lot then this service can continue.