It’s teamwork what counts!

To act as a team and to support each other is probably one of the toughest things to learn for our open school kids. The quote: the team is only as good as its weakest team member is very hard for them to put into practice. Since January 2019 the five kids – Asha, Arun, […]

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The Rainbow Dream Camp

Before I start writing about the camp itself and why our girls went there, I want to thank everyone who made this possible. Thanks to all the friends who donated to make this happen – once again, the support came from all over the world! Thank you! The skatepark has changed a lot in Janwaar. […]

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Ramkesh in Noida

Last week Ramkesh came to Noida to visit our Open School kids. Arun did an interview with him. On Saturday 21st September I interviewed Ramkesh Adiwashi. Ramkesh lives in my village, Janwaar, in Madhya Pradesh. He was with me when I made a skateboarding tour in Europe. He is a good skateboarder. He came for […]

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Design Thinking@Prakriti

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 […]

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Open School Project in Stormy Waters

We are currently sailing through some stormy waters with our Open School Experiment – not that we didn’t expect any kind of ups and downs, but the ones we are now struggling with could have been easily avoided. Now looking back it’s easy to say – as always 🙂 In my humble opinion it was […]

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Anil Kumar Adivasi – A Portrait

Anil is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of him. Anil (14) is Arun’s younger brother. When Arun was first confronted with the idea that his little brother would join the team of the five students he immediately said, he cannot go. He said, […]

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Arun Kumar Adivasi – A Portrait

Arun is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of him. Arun (16) has come a long way. He “earned” his first brownie points during our Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Challenge in November 2016 when he won the “social award” of the tournament. He wasn’t among […]

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Asha Gond – A Portrait

Asha (19) is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of her. Asha was the first person in the village to get a passport and go abroad. This was no easy feat. As an Adivasi (indigenous people) AND a girl – there was nothing like a green […]

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Ajeet Yadav – A Portrait

Ajeet is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of him. Ajeet (15) is the youngest in his family and slightly spoiled. He enjoys all the benefits of being “male” and the last one in line. His sisters and mother would do anything to please […]

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