India: The Tridha Rudolf Steiner School in Mumbai began its work with the new millennium. Initiators were parents who wanted more humaneness in their children’s education. The school is one in which children can learn and play without stress and without fear. One in which moral values and freedom of thought are encouraged. And one in which children with learning disabilities are not ridiculed or left behind.
In 1996, the Friends of Waldorf Education sponsored an exhibition of Waldorf education in Mumbai in cooperation with UNESCO. Some of the founding parents attended and developed an interest in an own Waldorf school. In June 2000, Tridha Rudolf Steiner School eventually opened with a kindergarten and a first grade for twenty children in a small bungalow in the suburb of Kalina. Today about 225 children in three kindergartens and ten grades attend the school. The number is constantly growing.
The school also offers a two-year teaching course. Therefore, Tridha was able to train many of its own teachers. Furthermore, the school works with new educational ideas and is therefore of particular importance to the modern metropolis. A loving and respectful way of interacting with one another is very valuable in this fast-paced environment.
In June 2011 the Tridha school shifted into its new building in the city district of Andheri East. Given the major challenges of finding and purchasing building land in Mumbai and the nature of formal and informal regulations and requirements, this is quite an achievement. The building hosts the kindergarten, grades 1-10 and teacher training seminar. Furthermore, the school has established a partnership with the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School.