"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
New Era High School
New Era High School, Panchgani, Maharashtra
The New Era High School is located in Panchgani, a modern hill station town well-known as an educational centre containing well-established schools, in the state of Maharashtra. Founded in August 1945, this school was one of the first Baha'i education projects in India. Over more than half a century since then, it has grown and flourished, becoming a highly respected private academy, drawing students from all over the world.
In addition to academic excellence, the school has long given a high priority to moral education and the promotion of values for world citizenship. Of equal significance, it has been a proving ground for early Baha'i efforts at promoting social and economic development in rural areas.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the school gradually began to establish a series of outreach programmes aimed at assisting poor and underdeveloped villages in the region. The programme was started as a service project for students. Over the years, these efforts became formalized and finally evolved into a separate institution known as the New Era Development Institute in 1987.
The new Era High School has a very good track record as an academic school, but its primary aim is to inculcate in its pupils high moral values and an attitude of service to the community.
"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom."