We are getting there …
I’m THAT girl!
Jalsai Bai (Anil’s and Arun’s mother), Siya Bai (Ramkesh’s and Durgha’s mother) and Kamla Gond (Asha’s mother) have applied for their passports! It took almost two years to get the papers ready, everytime we thought we had made it something new popped up. It’s quite a process to get a birth certficate, to have your […]
A folk tale about Janwaar
Asha’s dream is to become a rapper. #RoarGirl And here is her blueprint to become one 🙂 The story begins when I was a childBorn in Janwaar, into the wild,As a girl, Adivasi, there was always a lineAnd If I stepped over, there would be a fine. But my eyes saw the future and I […]
Kyra’s Book Bank
When you turn off the main Panna-Satna road and you drive down the four kilometer stretch to Janwaar you will see a lake at the left hand side. Anil, one of our Open Schoolers has written something about this lake. A story that his father and grandfather have told him. Here is Anil’s folk tale […]
Kyra is a teenage girl in Mumbai who really cares a lot about those who are not as fortunate as her. A few years ago she started collection books from friends & family and passing them on to kids in the slums of Mumbai. I’ve met her a few months ago in Mumbai and we […]
On July 27, 2019 I conducted a design thinking workshop at Prakriti School in Noida. Prakriti is our partner and supporter of the Open School Project. So naturally our kids were part of the workshop. Not only did they participate in the sessions, they also facilitated two sessions. Important sessions actually. Sessions that kept the […]
Walk your talk
Every year we celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. And every year it’s extreme fun. All the kids from our Open School Project in Delhi came backhome. They brought organic colors – and, as you can see they were used abundantly. No one could escape! At the end we spontaneously decided to go to the […]
Re-thinking what a school could be!
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 […]
In Janwaar we radically rethink the idea of a “school”. Many of us agree that the existing education system doesn’t meet the needs and knowing that good teachers won’t stay for long in such a remote area – we decided to make our Janwaar kids fit to run their own school. Together with Prakriti school […]
Many people ask me why skateboarding? Why not any other sport? What they want to ask is actually can only skateboarding trigger the kind of change we are witnessing in Janwaar or would any other sport do the same? I am tempted to say only skateboarding can. And here is why: Skateboarding culture is very […]