Jhamtse Gatsal is a children’s community located in remote foothills of the Himalayas, bordering Bhutan and Tibet, in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is a non-profit organization which was founded in 2006 by a former Buddhist monk, Lobsang Phuntsok. The community provides a loving home, education, health care, and nutrition to over 90 children coming from diverse backgrounds of adversity and poverty from the surrounding villages of this remote region.
Over the duration of the Lakpar Fellowship 2018-2019 at the community, funded by the Pema Chodron Foundation, I engaged with the people there as a teacher, facilitator and action researcher to explore the role of material in shaping 21st-century skills to create a foundation for sustainable education, in a remote region, devoid of high-end technological facilities.
The explorations comprised of both closed group sessions and open house workshops, a large part of the latter revolving around the use of locally available waste as a raw material for creating classroom assignments.
The differentiated assignments designed and conducted with the students of Grades 2 to 10 over this period were categorized by Evolution of Medium (From Action and Sound to Fusion Tech) on the x-axis and Assignment Complexity (From Teacher Driven to Student Driven) on the y-axis to create an index for better readability:
The project proposes that Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligence can be better understood by observing a child's 'material affinity' through which the intelligence manifests itself in the physical world:
Post reflections of the work in correlation with NEP 2019 Draft published in: https://www.amazon.in/Cyber-Security-Citizen-Strategy-Recommendations-ebook/dp/B0869N9BQ8
Work Experience Certificate:
The following videos and documentation can be referred to gain more insights about the work done during this period: