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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Interview with Arun

This is the first time Arun, one of our best skateboarders, he participated in the World Championships in Skateboarding in 2018 in Nanjing China, has done an interview in written English! How did you meet Ulrike for the first time?   When I went to the skatepark for the  first time, I met Ulrike. When the  […]

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A visit from Salt Lake City

In the last week of February Danny Schmidt, a documentary film maker and skateboarder from Salt Lake City, US, came with his friend Zag for a visit. We’ve been talking for more than a year about this – and finally they came. The two of them stayed in Janwaar Village in our homestays and they […]

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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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Brajendra Yadav – A Portrait

Brajendra (15) is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of his. Brajendra has always a smile on his face. He is really excited to be part of our experiment – his excitement is almost hindering him to get things done. His major challenge is […]

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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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Fragile. Fearless. Free.

Durgha is one of our youngest girl-skaters. The other kids gave her the nickname “kukera” – which means chicken. They say it’s a funny name – all I can see is that Durgha doesn’t like it. And she makes this very clear. She chases anyone who teases her with this name. That’s one of her […]

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