2010 saw the official opening of the first Hindu state-funded school, Krishna Avanti Primary School. With its wood-clad buildings, large expanses of light and grass-covered roofs, the Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Edgware, north London, proclaims its respect for the environment. At its heart is the temple, above which rises a white tower, carved out of marble in India. Inside, pupils chant each morning in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, before lessons that include meditation and yoga. Pupils will study the national curriculum, but also tend the garden and learn Hindu concepts such as the equality of all living things.

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