The Verso Foundation has carried out Project Alice in Sarnath (www.aliceproject.org) with training in Psychosynthesis and autobiographical Writing.
“To develop your awareness, follow the White Rabbit!”
Project Alice is a non government organization (NGO) recognized by the Indian government, registered in September 1994 at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) as Awakening Special Universal Education, with the goal of: actualizing experiences and research for an Integrated Education in primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the rural villages found in three of the most problematic Indian states (Bihar, Uttar Pradesh e Arunachal Pradesh).
Project Alice is also a school that was founded in 1994. Educational methods, which had been tried out for years at the Valentino Giacomin and Luigina De Biasi primary schools in Italy, are applied there. These methods foster development of awareness, while respecting all faiths. The school, created in India amid countless difficulties and hindrances, and starting with sixty children, now receives up to 600 pupils, often from conditions of social hardship. For example, the Chakma children, an ethnic group expelled from Bangladesh because they are Buddhist, attend the school free of charge. Their excellent academic results go hand in hand with a remarkable maturity, knowledge of the mind, and the ability to collaborate. Some of the students have themselves become teachers and are wanted by many schools; thus they contribute to spreading the method.
The educational results of Project Alice have also aroused interest in the well-to-do class, which has its kids attend the school. This encourages social and cultural integration between groups that would otherwise barely brush against one another. Two other schools have since been added to that at Sarnath: one in Bodh Gaya, supported by the Dalai Lama, and one in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh.