A visit to Bangalore

After 40 hours on the road the four Rural Changemakers made it to the Jugaad Skateboarding Competition 2018 in Bangalore. Under the lead of Arun, Ramkesh, Kesuram and Brijesh went all alone on this trip. They took the auto from Janwaar to Panna, caught a bus to Jhansi (7 hours) where they boarded the train […]

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Taking part is what really counts.

From the fields of rural India to the shining city of Nanjing in China  
– no, not on a skateboard – but with a skateboard under their arms. Asha and Arun, two of our Janwaar kids, have come a long way. It’s only three and a half years since we opened Janwaar Castle, the first skatepark in […]

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Janwaar goes Olympic

Only last Saturday, Asha and Arun have been selected to represent India at the World Skatepark World Championship to be held in China from the 29 Oct – 4 Nov., 2018. One crucial reason was that Asha and Arun already have their passports so they are ready for international travels. We never realized how big […]

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Two Souls In One Breast

Like everywhere we have ups and downs in Janwaar – especially when it comes to our learning experiments. What we do, we usually do for the first time and therefore tehre is not much to look around where we can learn from. So failures, feedback loops and a continious adaptation is part of our strategy. […]

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Walk your talk

We’ve mentioned Prakriti School multiple times on our website. It’s quite an unusual school in Noida, Utter Pradesh, which puts kids-centric, experimental and explorative learning in the centre of its curriculum. The school doesn’t look like a “normal” school – it has an amphitheatre, everything is open, the groups are small and the teachers aren’t […]

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Janwaar meets Skateistan

A few weeks ago, I flew to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit my sister. I knew that Skateistan is running a skatepark there – so this was my chance to visit a part of the project which had inspired Ulrike to set up Janwaar Castle. Oliver, the founder of Skateistan, introduced me to Kelly Murray, […]

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The Rural Changemaker

Enclosed is our third edition of our newspaper. The Rural Changemaker is the successor of #paw – now with a new layout and design. The newspaper is published when ever we feel the time is right. Read what the kids and we’ve been up to! Enjoy!

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Like Father, Like Son

Jagprasad Gond, 45 years old, is father of five – three girls and two boys. As his name indicates he is a tribal and he has accepted to be at the ultimate bottom of the society. What else has Indian society to offer to its tribals? Jagprasad started labouring from an early age onward – […]

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Seeing is Believing

Eku is professor for Media Design/Multimedia at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany. His first trip to India ever led him right away to the jungles of Panna, Madhya Pradesh, where he intended to shoot 360 degree videos with the kids of Janwaar. He spent 10 days in this rural area and made quite some […]

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