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Established in 1992 in by William and John Bissell who recognised the need for a model school to empower young people in rural Rajasthan.

The Fabindia School

location_on Bali, India
The Fabindia School's mission is to provide access to high-quality education for boys and girls at the rural level using English as the medium of instruction. The school views primary education as a major stepping stone towards social mobility, equality and employment opportunities.
Daksha Jain, Class X
The teachers of this school not only feed us with facts but also have a class discussion on various topics related to our day-to-day life and the problems which our country is facing today. We are very lucky as this school works for the welfare of girls. Girls are given scholarships, free bus service, etc. Equality of gender is maintained in this school. We are learning many things like art and craft, how to participate in different competitions, literature, different sports, etc. …The campus of the school is surrounded by trees and plants so that we can learn to protect the plants and work towards forestation. …We are taught to face difficulties, come over them and fly like free colours in the sky.

Daksha Jain, Class X


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Updated on October 21st, 2020
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Rooted to local tradition and committed to future ready education

In keeping with its holistic approach to education, the school offers extensive extracurricular programs in addition to its comprehensive academic courses. School activities include a wide range of sports programs including opportunities to participate in regional tournaments, as well as drama, debate, arts and crafts, music, environmental education and community service to provide a well-rounded education. Students also have the unique opportunity to go on educational field trips both within the state and beyond. For many students, these trips are their first time away from home and the exposure to other cities and towns creates lifelong impressions.

While focusing on the local culture, the school also frequently welcomes visitors, trained specialists and volunteers from across India and overseas who contribute towards the campus, teaching and sharing their experiences with the students. This unique cross-cultural exposure creates a well-informed and broad-minded student body. As many visitors have remarked, the energetic students show respect for their culture and traditions but have a clear sense of the world around them.

Since its inception, the school has been committed to encouraging education for girls in a culture where most parents who can afford an English medium school would send only their sons. To realize the dream of providing an equal educational opportunity for girls, the school gives up to 100 scholarships and 70% are for girls alone. The school also provides scholarships through a partnership with The John Bissell Scholars Fund. It is a matter of pride that girls hold many leadership posts in the school. In addition, the school seeks to enrol and subsidize children from socially and economically marginalized communities who otherwise do not have access to quality education.

One of the most important values imparted is for students to stay connected to their birthplace. They are instilled with a sense of pride in their local heritage and a sense of responsibility for the future of Rajasthan.


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William N Bissell "I am passionate about Education... by Learning Forward • A podcast on Anchor
Listen to the PodcastWilliam N. Bissell Vice-Chairman Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd. is one of the co-founders of The Fabindia School (a unit of Bhadrajun Artisans Trust - BAT), he collaboratively developed the vision and approach of the school since its inception. In addition to his unwavering commitment to the school, William is best known as a leading social entrepreneur and is the Managing Director of Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd, a textile company started by his father, John Bissell, in 1960. After completing his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA in 1988, William returned to India with the goal of working in the rural crafts sector to address economic development issues. Living in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and travelling extensively throughout the state, William helped to form the BAT in 1988 which was initially envisioned as an artisan cooperative for leatherworkers and weavers based in Rajasthan. After encountering a number of limitations in running BAT as an artisans' cooperative, he changed his approach and helped to launch a Jodhpur based company in 1990 called Desert Artisans Handicrafts (DAH) in which artisans over the next 6 years became shareholders. DAH has grown to witness tremendous success for its artisan members whereas BAT has become solely focused on education, with The Fabindia School as its only project.
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Our Learning ProgramTechnology may not replace Teachers but Teachers who use Technology will replace Teachers who don't...The Learning Forward India Academy assists you in delivering a structured Professional Development Programme (PDP) with the help of visiting faculty and experts, who take time out to work with the school staff and provide in-service training. The focus is to have passionate educators train teachers to become learners. The Programme creates a learning environment, the training plan is personalised to the needs of an individual, comprising of online and offline sessions.We partner Learning Forward India.
Principal - The Fabindia School
Rajeshree ShihagHer Moto is; collaborative school environment, creating successful teachers and students by partnering with parents and community to enriching the experience of learning.
John & William BissellFounding Members:1. William N Bissell 2. Ravi Kaimal 3. Aman Nath4. Anita Prasher5. Sushila Kumari6. Rajkumar Rodla 7. Vishnu Kant 
Members Of The Society
Members of the societyThe Fabindia School is managed by a not-for-profit Society called the Bhadrajun Artisans Trust, registered with the Registrar of Societies in Delhi. The Bhadrajun Artisans Trust (BAT) was established by William and John Bissell to build social development programs with a focus on education and crafts.
Need based supportThe John Bissell Scholars Fund (JBSF) was established in 2001 in memory of John Bissell, the visionary founder of Fabindia and one of the Fabindia School founders. Its purpose is to support scholarships for female students at The Fabindia School in Bali, Rajasthan.
Vision & Mission
Affordable Quality EducationBack from the USA after his studies, William with Rajkumar Rodla visited the villages in Rajasthan, talking to different sets of artisans about his ... In September 1988 William registered the Bhadrajun Artisan's Trust. The Society to run The Fabindia School was registered in 1992.


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