Informal Education


Informal Education

The Arya Samaj movement has always remained alive to the need for education, especially so for women. That is why Arya Samaj has been establishing Arya Kanya Vidyalayas from time to time. Maharshi Dayanand gave a lot of stress on the need to teach and popularise Hindi, although he himself belonged to Gujarat. Medium of education in Arya Kanya Vidyalayas was kept Hindi in primary classes, not only in India, but also in other countries. Teaching of Vedic Dharma and performing ‘Havan ‘and other rituals were compulsory. But the Arya Samajists realized that they were not fully successful in achieving their aim,because the Management of these schools has been taken over by the government and headed by Non-Aryans and the teaching of the

Curriculum prescribed by the government compulsorily dropping languages like Hindi and religious teachings. So they tried to achieve their aim by holding special classes and maintaining standards by filling up the gaps.

Evening School – Arya Samaj Nairobi had established and evening school in 1922, for the African students (children). This school was running so successfully, that the number of students rose to about 200, within a short period. Dr. Satyaketu Vidyalankar has mentioned its time of establishment as 1924. However, this school was closed after some time. 

Pt. Satyapal Siddhantalankar started evening classes in 1938. Both young men and teenagers studied in it. Those students, who came out successful in the examinations of Religious Education and Hindi, were given rewards with a view to encouraging them.