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Sandeep Dutt
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
This is the story of girls must lead, they outshine boys and we do our best to make their dreams come alive. 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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10 000
Updated on April 7th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The school views primary education as a major stepping stone towards social mobility, equality and employment opportunities. Since its inception, the school has been committed to encouraging education for girls.

How does your innovation work in practice?

A co-ed private school for pre-school through Class XII, located in Bali, Rajasthan, established in 1992. The 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.

Standard Core Curriculum

Empower students by creating an environment for their personal and social development.

Encourage students to become involved in activities beyond just study; this helps develop confidence, knowledge and networks.

Experiential learning is a critical factor in the student's progressing successfully through adolescence.

Service | Skill | Sport | Study

Digital Portfolio
Choice of Activities
Find your own Coach/Mentor
Work with Peers
At Your Pace
Parental guidance
Prepare College Applications
Skills for life
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How has it been spreading?

The school has worked consistently to involve all the stakeholders - teachers, students, parents and the community - to work for the personal and social development of every individual.

The formative experience strongly impacts the child and the critical role of education and the lack of high quality, affordable education in rural areas is indeed a big challenge.

The management is very passionate about creative approaches to education which brought out each child's inherent talents and the need to include environmental education in a local context.

With input from many creative talents over the years, the school has become a model for preparing its students for success in life while contributing to the local community. Innovations like My Good School and Happy Teachers are proof.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The school culture transformation has been the brainchild of the wonderful team from the Learning Forward India Foundation. They are now partnering with the school, using the school as a nursery for world-class innovations; and grow people's capacity to improve student achievement and transform your school into a culture of trust and collaboration in less time with fewer resources.


See this innovation in action

The School Weekly
The school is nearing 500 editions of The School Weekly, published every week on Monday, this weekly captures the events, and shares stories as well as learning outcomes with the world. The charity works with utmost trust and transparency and this is exhibited on the Blog.Blog Feed
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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Story of Hemlata
Teacher Training
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.


Achievements & Awards

November 2019
Changemaker School
May 2019
March 2019
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