• Shantaben Vidhyabhavan
  • Shantaben Vidhyabhavan
  • Shantaben Vidhyabhavan


Shantaben Vidhyabhavan in the Village of Untdi GUJARAT, INDIA

Program Details


The Untdi Vibhag Kelavni Mandal trust started the middle school in Untdi for the surrounding area in 1919 with 32 students. The school building was rebuilt in 1958 with the help of students, teachers and many village people and was renamed "Lok Vidyalaya Untadi." The school building, now in very dilapidated condition, produced many great students over the years who have launched successful careers. The school has continued to remain the hub of education for not only Untdi, but many of the surrounding villages including Malvan, Dharasana, Umarsadi, Jespore, Dungri and others and serves a population of roughly 10,000 individuals.


The Untdi Vibhag Kelavni Mandal trust, in collaboration with the Desai Foundation, created a vision for a formal and informal education center for the community of 40,000 people in the surrounding villages, thus was born Shantaben Vidhyabhavan.


The objective of Shantaben Vidhyabhavan is to bring the town and surrounding villages into the 21 century for social and economic sustainability through enhanced education, training and knowledge enrichment. To fulfill these activities the plan envisions several program areas listed below, as well as a library.


  • A newly constructed facility
  • Formal education K-HS
  • Health programs
  • Hygiene programs
  • Computer & technology programs
  • Education and vocational training
  • Special women and children’s programs
  • Community outreach programs

The Center’s activities include:


  • Workshops, seminars and health camps to enhance awareness of appropriate hygiene, cleanliness, health awareness and prevention of diseases.
  • Vocational training to enrich economic earning for people, including sewing and embroidery, beauty parlor skills, plumbing, welding and other high demand professional skills.
  • Civic camps to teach cleanliness, methods and techniques of town governance and the basic civic duties and rights of all citizens.
  • Library with significant holdings of books, magazines, newspapers and audio-visual cassettes and CDs.
  • Services for career development and assistance with information facilitating access to jobs.
  • Funding and services for education and health for the needy.
  • High speed internet and computer center to ensure high quality communication access to the world and the internet knowledge of technology and its power to enhance the quality of life.
  • Audio-visual presentations with the purpose of increasing access to knowledge, skills and tools available for better opportunities.
  • Formal education for prekindergarten, primary school and secondary school.