The Open School Project is on

Together with Prakriti School in Noida we’ve defined a learning experiment for our Janwaar kids because we believe that we need to rethink education for rural villages in India. To receive “good” education in a remote village in India is daunting. The so called “best students”, once they’ve passed 10th or even 12th grade, can […]

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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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Re-thinking what a school could be!

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 […]

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The Green Hub was here

In May 2018 I was invited to participate in The Green Hub Festival at University of Tezpur, Assam. We arrived close to midnight at the campus after a 4-hour-drive from Guwahati. And it was amazing. I immediately fell in love with this place – it was still lively, the students roamed around on bicycles – […]

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Building music instruments

In March Priscilla, Nora and Antonia from the Tara Trust in Goa came to Janwaar. In our homestays they lived and worked with us for two weeks. Their mission was to build music instruments with the kids! In early morning and evening sessions they brought together various groups of kids who were all deeply engaged […]

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Shameless Photos

It’s been three years since a skatepark was built in an obscure village in central India. Or, if one actually made the long-yet-picturesque trip to Janwaar in Madhya Pradesh, in the middle of nowhere. The facility, called Janwaar Castle, has raised a new generation of rural changemakers, who have left an impression on the rest […]

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Pappu and his sandbox

It’s been almost three months Pappu has been working on the playgrounds in Janwaar. Actually, it’s been nine months Pappu has started to create and build various elements in the village. The tree house library was his first shot. A small balcony kind of place in between the branches of a Banyan tree where the […]

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