The school where happiness comes first
Riverbend School is a weekday boarding school near Chennai, India. Its mission is to raise children who go out and contribute to the world. To get children in the right mindset, the school focuses on their happiness and emotional intelligence.
The world’s longest study on happiness, conducted at Harvard, shows that true happiness comes from relationships. Anthropologists like Helena Norberg-Hodge have found that the strongest relationships are formed by people living in a village. So, if you want extremely happy people with great relationships, raise them in a village.
As kids work on their passion projects, they can move to whichever space makes them happiest — chat lab, ideation space, build barn, fabrication lab, media studio, den, breakout rooms, presentation space, and even outdoor pavilions.
Student housing promotes community
The student housing was modeled after traditional Chinese Fujian tulou communal housing. Each block has a central square and functions like the larger village. Each floor is also its own “village” with central commons space.
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