Reality Check in Satna

Everything will be good at the end. And if it’s not good, it’s not the end. John Lennon John Lennon’ quote hopefully holds true for our Open School project in Satna. These seven young Janwaar scholars left their village last week with great plans and full of curiosity to start a new learning journey at […]

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Diwali Clean-up

The Villa Janwaar is geting nice again. The “inside” work is mainly done by the older kids themselves, the outside area with the mud work was done by Kamla Gond (Asha’s moher) and Jalsai Bai (Anil’s and Arun’s mother).

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MP Championships

Last weekend the qualifications for the Indian National Skateboarding Championship took place in Janwaar. They were at the same time the Madhya Pradesh Championships. It was a gold rush for the Janwaar kids … From what I heard all the gold medals went to Janwaar, and many silver and bronze medals as well. The young […]

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Diwali Celebrations

As every year Diwali celebrations are a BIG thing. I feel it is nice that the Janwaar kids also celebrate among themselves and not only in heir families. They posted photos of their celbrations on Facebook and then the local media picked up and published the article below. When we saw the article we realized […]

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Shoes, shoes, shoes!

The kids are know as the Barefoot Skateboarders – but over he last 2 months 250 pairs of shoes have arrived in Janwaar. Sport shoes, rain boots, sandals …. They were sponsored from three different sources: the first batch arrived from the WARRIOR Shanghai, Amsterdam, Netherlands. My son Tim has arranged this. The second batch […]

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Pre-Diwali preparations!

This years all kids are helping together to make their Villa Janwaar look nice again. It needs a new laywer of mud and of course new paint – well done!!! Today they went in the jungle to get the mud! Asha Gond. Anil Kumar, Skater Arun, Ajeet Yadav, Brijendra Yadav, @Shivraj, @Selen …. and all […]

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The Rural Changemaker Decks …

… have arrived in Janwaar and the kids were very, very happy! They come in two sizes – 8 and 8.25″. The 8″ deck is yellow, the 8.25″ deck is blue. You can see more details here. The decks are available in the local Decathlon online stores or you can drop us a message at […]

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Math & Skateboarding

We’ve wirtten before that we have now a math teacher (online sessions), Saurabh Suri, who really understands how to get the kids’ attention in math. Now we are building on this in a series of math experiments. He is the first one Anil and Asha did with the kids. It was about the AVERAGE. Anil […]

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I am Kamla Gond!

Anil Kumar, one of our Janwaar Open Schoolers, has interviewed Kamla Gond, Asha’s mother, and then written with my support a little story. The way I work with Anil on these books is actually very simple. We have a zoom recorder in Janwaar; so he was talking to tKamla Gond and then started writing in a […]

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“Kids teaching kids!”

Asha is giving sessions to the kids at our Villa Janwaar. Here is a little “report”. “Today I played with our kids an Indoor game: “When I say head, touch your head!” I found a YouTube video on this, After playing I asked to kids how was the game? Did you like it or not? […]

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