Friday, May 11, 2018

Swaraj University admissions and fundraising drive, 2018

Forwarding a mailer:

Hello, my dear friends and loved ones,

My name is Niom,

I write to you because an intrinsically motivated group of mavericks are bringing change into the lives of many young individuals. These people, have dared to ask the difficult questions, to which most people turn a blind eye. They have walked out from conventional jobs and education to reclaim their own lives. These people, for years, have passionately and persistently built and sustained a space where real learning happens. We call it Swaraj University. (SU).

Now is the time to support them in this endeavour, so that more individuals can continue to experience this wonderful journey and bring about great change in the world. I request you to support our efforts through monetary contributions. I am urged to do so because we have generously been offered a matching fund of five thousand dollars. (about three lakh Rupees), which expires on the 15th of May.
In short, Swaraj University is a two year program that aims to help young people follow their dreams, through Self Designed Learning pedagogy, peer feedback systems and community support structures. At the center of all this, are a few questions: How can we help the world flourish?, How can we as individuals thrive? and How do we bring about justice and overall change where it is necessary? For the purpose of figuring this out, Khojis (learners) have the help of facilitators, mentors, on campus mitras and a diverse group of co-learners from multiple cohorts.

The program aims to connect Khojis to their hearts' calling and support them to bring their dreams to reality.

A few ways we do this:

-We provide a self designed methodology of learning for individuals to explore and identify different learning styles.

-We connect Khojis to countless apprenticeships and internships with individuals and organisations throughout the country that enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and practices.

-We strengthen the confidence, dignity and self worth of learners as leaders through self designed initiatives.

-We do not provide a ready-made path or curriculum, but instead we bring the cohort together to create a nourishing environment where they explore genuine inquiry which is based on their own experience and which is grounded in their own reality.

As of May 2018, more than a hundred Khojis have experienced this program. A few of the interesting projects include,

Udaan: Learning center for rag pickers' children by Ravi Gaikwad K1

Takli: Eco friendly fabrics by Anuj Kothari. K4

Heartivism: Activism for the heart by Soud Hakim. K1

BRTS route map in Ahemadabad by Dhaval Shukla. K2

Coding, working with open data and connecting organic farmers to consumers by Nikhl VJ. K3

Eco construction and natural buildings by Samyukta Sarvanan and Stanzin Punchok. K6

Shades of the Sea: Documentation and activism around gender and sexuality by Harsh Khanabadosh. K7

Adri: Learning center for children by Satyam Srivastav. K7

Hear a few live stories from Khojis. Below is the link to youtube.

Make it happen!!!

Opportunity you can create.

 Support needed.

Contribution goes towards.

Provide an opportunity for One Khoji to be able to nourish their learning for one year at Swaraj University.

130,000₹ (One lakh thirty thousand Rupees).

Basic necessities, resources, faculty, staff, specialists, workshop hosts, travel, maintenance.

Provide an opportunity for one Khoji to be able to deeply immerse in the full two year program.

260,000₹ (Two lakh sixty thousand Rupees).

Make a workshop happen!

30,000₹ (Thirty thousand Rupees).

Participants' board and lodge, host's expenses.

Support international resource person's travel expenses.

50,000₹ (Fifty thousand Rupees).

Power a Learning Journey that explores a city and work being done to make it better. Or power a Learning Journey based on social justice and activism.

70,000₹ (Seventy thousand Rupees).

Food, stay, travel, facilitators' expenses, gifts for organizations/activists.

Support a Cycle Yatra!

15,000₹ (Fifteen thousand Rupees).

Cycle rent, facilitator's expenses if any.

Give power to a Khoji project.

20,000₹ (Twenty thousand Rupees).

Food, travel, stay, resources, resource person's expenses, monetary contribution if any.

Provide the opportunity for a Khoji to visit, apprentice or intern with a mentor/ organization.

5,000₹ (Five thousand Rupees).

Gift a Hands on learning space to Swaraj University.

12,000₹ (Twelve thousand Rupees).

Instruments, art materials, carpentry equipment,

Increase the capacity of Swaraj University by one half! Gift a Geo-dome.

250,000₹ (Two lakh fifty thousand Rupees).

Materials, builders.

Double the capacity of Swaraj University! Gift two Geo-domes.

500,000 (Five lakh Rupe

You can send Contributions for Swaraj University to:
HDFC number is 01191450000460
IFSC Code:- HDFC0000119

Please contact us when making a transfer.
or Whatsapp to: 9783893956.

More ways in which you can contribute :)  you can forward this E-mail to people whom you feel might be excited to support or participate, you can tell friends whom you feel may be interested in the program to attend the orientations. You can also come visit and see it for yourself! Orientations for admissions are as per following:

26th - 28th May
29th June - 1st July

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