The school opened its doors in 1990 and has since been catering to the educational needs of the economically and socially deprived children of the nearby community, and the children living in the SOS Village Varanasi. A fleet of school buses, covering most of the city and its neighborhoods, operate on various routes to transport children to and from school.
The school is now famous for its child centered teaching-learning activities and has a special focus on the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development of the children.
The school upholds the following objectives:
To include scientific temper, self-confidence and a spirit of adventure amongst the children.
To develop a culture of equality amongst the children so that those who are coming from various sections of society, particularly those from the SOS Village, are fully integrated.
To function as a center for developing new approaches to teaching and educational methods
To provide quality education in line with the National Education Policy.
In 2016, the school is run by a team of 62 qualified staff and offers primary and secondary education to 1,563 children and youth. To keep principals and teachers ahead of the latest trends in education, the school conducts a number of leadership and capacity building workshops for the school staff.
The children have access to a variety of facilities: The school library offers a wide collection of books. Apart from encyclopedias and reference books, the content-rich library has comics, story books and illustrated dictionaries. The SOS School Varanasi also has a state-of-the-art gym and health club where highly qualified gym instructor puts together the appropriate fitness plan for students tailored towards their specific needs.
The school has a fully equipped Medical Room and the student’s health is monitored throughout the year. The students are periodically examined by ophthalmologists and dentists and records are shared with the parents. The school also has a cafeteria where nutritious refreshments, tea and a variety of snacks are available. These cater to all the food and nutritional requirements of the students and are well maintained to ensure high standards of hygiene.
The students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of activities offered at the school. These include martial arts, yoga, Scouts and guides, arts, and a variety of sports like basketball, volley ball, football, and badminton.