United International School (UIS) was founded in 2001 to meet the educational needs of the very poor children in Bangalore. The Christian school has grown to over 700 students through grade 10, is recognized by the government, and uses English as the language of instruction. Children are prepared for life in modern India in which speaking English is essential.There is a reason it is called it a ‘United’ school. From day one, students are nurtured to have peer relationships that transcend the barriers of caste, creed and economic status. There is a healthy mix of social, financial and religious backgrounds. The majority of the enrolled students are from literate, upper middle-class families. The school builds children’s confidence and competence, develops life skills, ensures that all children attend school regularly, involves them in extra-curricular activities, and empowers the community to play an active role in children’s education.
In Bangalore, three categories of schools serve three socio-economic groups. For those who can afford them, there are available seats at the first two levels. The third category, schools run by the state government in which Kannada (the local language) is the only language taught, are plagued by extremely poor facilities and a shortage of highly trained teachers. The urban poor have no alternative other than to attend such schools.
Due to Indian communalism and the burgeoning middle class, there is a profoundly callous attitude towards the underprivileged. In our United International School, however, there is a genuine enrichment of Indian democracy with straightforward spiritual truths which free people from want and misery. The school prepares children for entry into quality universities so Christian men and women will lead India’s future.