Honesty Shop at Isha Vidhya Erode

Isha Vidhya’s Erode school started an Honesty Shop, a novel initiative that was applauded by the Deccan Herald newspaper and is now being implemented in other schools in Tamil Nadu as well.

Rather than preaching morals to students, the school management realized that the students would inculcate integrity much better by themselves.

Against the backdrop of all the corruption and scandals that seem to be the most common news items these days in India, Isha Vidhya’s Erode school has started a novel initiative called “Honesty Shop.” This is an unmanned shop where regular articles like pencils, erasers, crayons, pens, refills, maps, ruled and unruled sheets, color pencils etc. are sold. Eatables are also available.

Students from 6th to 9th standard are allowed to buy from the shop which is kept open before the school day starts, post school and during the lunch break. The students deposit cash in the money box kept at the shop after checking the price list of the items they want to pick up. The accounts are tallied every Monday, and after a week of operation, the shop actually had some cash in excess of the goods sold! The school is also taking feedback from students about what they want in the shop. Soon, the shop will also stock colored chart papers, picture charts etc. based on requests from students.

Rather than preaching morals to students, the school management realized that the students would inculcate integrity much better by themselves, and they were right! Kavitha, a ninth standard student said, “After all the shop has been opened for us and how can one be dishonest. It has shaped our conscience and disciplined us to be honest even when no one is there to monitor us. No one really believed that such a system could work. We are really proud of our school.”

Isha Vidhya’s initiative has been picked up by other schools in the state also, as reported by the Deccan Herald newspaper. The Deccan Herald states: “a school at Karumathur in Madurai district also established a honesty shop on its campus. This school has gone one step further. Besides offering stationery items and eatables, it has a general store exclusively for girl students from seventh to 12th standard. The school maintains all the accounts neatly, involving both students and teachers.

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhi­yan (RMSA), a joint venture of the Centre and the State governments to achieve universalisation of Secondary Education and to prevent dropouts after elementary education, also plans to open honesty shops in 44 schools across the state.”

Editor’s Note: Isha Vidhya’s nine rural schools offer education to 5200 children, 2900 of whom are on full scholarships, thanks to generous donors. If you wish to support Isha Vidhya and help it meet this year’s infrastructure and administrative requirements of eight of its schools, please do so at the India Giving Challenge. Your donation will help Isha Vidhya offer a bright future to underprivileged children, who will otherwise languish behind. For more details, please contact give.india@ishavidhya.org.

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6 years 9 months ago

this is very nice

6 years 9 months ago

Thanks to sadguru. Our next generation is blossoming well.

6 years 9 months ago

Simply awesome!!!

6 years 9 months ago

I salute not just the concept but all the tender buds who have proved that they will be agents of change in future. And finding surplus cash in the till ! simply amazing!! Living in an age of scams and super duper scams, people should learn from these kids the fundamentals of probity in public life. Only Sadhguru can inspire such things...

6 years 9 months ago

This is amazing...

6 years 9 months ago

That is really good idea.... basically right from the beginning i think if young ones are taught about such morals it would have a huge impact on humanity
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6 years 9 months ago

Excellent!Let all the schools follow this and nurture honesty in children!

6 years 9 months ago

Young minds motivated to be honest, it is a good bloom, positive energy. We also need well trained Krishna's who or capable of negotiating the great corrupts of our country, without getting self, corrupted.