Our Location: Chirag School is located in northern India, in a rural part of the state of Uttarakhand. The school is situated in a remote village called Simayal, in the district of Nainital. The nearest town is Mukteshwar and the entire area is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks. Chirag School rests on an elevation of 2000m above sea level and it’s surroundings boast of brilliant views.
Our Culture: Uttarakhand is a culturally rich society which is divided into two major regions of Kumaon and Garhwal. Both these regions have endless charms and breathtaking beauty. They are full of mountainous ranges and mountain peaks. The culture is immersed in folklores and tales of innumerable gods and goddesses. The local languages, Kumaoni and Garhwali, are among the 325 recognized languages of India and are spoken by over 5 million people in India. However, the area and people speaking these languages are shrinking rapidly and the languages find their place in UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.
Chirag School aims to preserve the local culture, which is in a grave danger of being lost. The large majority of children who come to Chirag School as well as the teachers are locals. They have within them, a vast sea of knowledge related to their own culture. Various activities to facilitate the preservation of their culture are carried out on a day to day basis. The children are taught the local traditional instrumental music, dance, singing and art by teachers who are specialists in these areas. We also invite parents and grandparents on a regular basis to share local history and folktales and celebrate local festivals with students to keep the traditional culture alive.