A New School Is Born

Asha and Arun have received a fellowship program at the Connecting Dreams Foundation in cooperation with Ashoka. For six months they are part of the program and their project is to set up a kindergarten and a small school for differently-abled kids in Janwaar. They have to write reports frequently – below you find Asha’s […]

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Wie Skateboarding in einem indischen Dorf zu nachhaltiger Veränderung führt

For our English audience, this report is only available in German 🙁 This is a report written by Benjamin Fritz who volunteered for two months in Janwaar and helped us to build the new skatepark. Von Benjamin Fritz Benjamin Fritz, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Industrial Ecology (INEC), war zwei Monate lang bei einem ungewöhnlichen […]

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A Learning Excursion to Rajasthan – part 2

In March Asha, Anil and Arun – three of our Open Schoolers – went on a learning excursion to Rajasthan. Rachael Hammerlein, US citizen with a deep affection for India and a dear friend of mine, accompanied them. Their first stop was at The Barefoot College in Tilonia and from there they went up north […]

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A Learning Excursion to Rajasthan – part 1

In March Asha, Anil and Arun – three of our Open Schoolers – went on a learning excursion to Rajasthan. Rachael Hammerlein, US citizen with a deep affection for India and a dear friend of mine, accompanied them. Their first stop was at The Barefoot College in Tilonia and from there they went up north […]

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Corona precautions in Janwaar

The kids have repaired the hand washing machine at the Villa Janwaar and they`ve built four news ones around the village. The biggest challenge will be to make the villagers understand that they have to wash their hands with soap and that they have to wash their hands frequently ….

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Re-thinking education

From Jan. 20-55, 2020 I was in Bombay, India at the MIT India Initiative. I was invited to talk about Re-thinking Education. Here is my talk – I hope there is something in it for you! That’s an audio file of my talk. When I went to school I always felt like an outsider.I never […]

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Seglal – Sachin’s father

Sachin, one of our Janwaar kids, is healed from skin TB. After suffering for many years Sachin can now live a happy life. And he does! His healing had also a very positive impact on his father, Seglal. He basically stopped drinking and became more serious with and in his work and even more responsible […]

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Happy New Year!

To celebrate the new skatepark and the new year, we had a party at our Villa Janwaar. All the villagers and the kids together made the food and at least 5000 pooris😅. And at the skatepark we cut our New Year’s Cake. Gatherings like these can really help the village to grow as a community. […]

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The champs are back in town!

After two weeks on the road and more than 3000 km later the champs are back in Janwaar – decorated with five medals from the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam! The parents prepared some nice flowers for their kids … ! Nice to have them all back for the new year !

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