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Loka is currently supporting an experimental educational project near the city Varanasi, North India. To further develop current educational activities and to create many smiling faces, a Centre of Knowledge is going to be realised. A school and garden will be part of this Centre. It's basis will be small with only 20 residential students (small is beautiful) but with these students every day tuition will be given to hundreds of children throughout the area. Both theoretical and practical classes will be given, such as Hindi, English, mathematics, cooking and gardening. Sanskrit will be the main subject. The school will be built using natural materials such as mud and clay and natural resources like the sun and wind to provide electricity.

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Focus themes

Arts & Culture
Education

Goal

1) To offer a four-year residential study programme to 20 children from rural areas in North India; 2) To offer daily classes to hundreds of children residing in villages. These classes are given by the residential students; 3) To initiate projects to raise social awareness for a cleaner and more beautiful environment; 4) To strengthen and develop existing schools in order to bring the education in the villages to a higher level; 5) To promote Sanskrit learning and literature; and 6) To develop cultural and educational interaction between East and West.

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Centre of Knowledge 2011
Since some months the realisation of the Centre of Knowledge has been progressing rapidly. A living area, school and cow shed are being constructed, 10 cows have been purchased and the second harvest is due. Planning is that the traditional Indian school will be openend by the end of the year. Main subject will be Sanskrit and we are applying for funds in India for teachers of the Veda's (ancient Indian scriptures). The children will also be participating in gardening, farming and taking care of the animals. Through organic farming and selling cow products such as milk, cow dung and urine (for medical purposes) the Centre of Knowledge will be made self-sufficient.
Manik
This is the story of Manik Chandra, a 13-yearold boy from India. In this video he talks about becoming a cricket player and about his religion: Hinduism.

This is the short version of a video Loka made in cooperation with Cultural Centre XL de Ateliers in Dronten, the Netherlands. Recently the video was shown to a group of Dutch children. This presentation inspired the children to think about subjects such as religion, school and food in a different way.
Mona
This is the story of Mona, a sweet and talented 13-year old girl from a village in India. In this video she talks about her dreams and eating-habits.

The story of Mona s the short version of a video Loka made in cooperation with Cultural Centre XL de Ateliers in Dronten, the Netherlands. Recently the video was shown to a group of Dutch children. This presentation inspired the children to think about subjects such as religion, school and food in a different way.

Description

Loka is currently supporting an experimental educational project near the city Varanasi, North India. To further develop current educational activities and to create many smiling faces, a Centre of Knowledge is going to be realised. A school and garden will be part of this Centre. It's basis will be small with only 20 residential students (small is beautiful) but with these students every day tuition will be given to hundreds of children throughout the area. Both theoretical and practical classes will be given, such as Hindi, English, mathematics, cooking and gardening. Sanskrit will be the main subject. The school will be built using natural materials such as mud and clay and natural resources like the sun and wind to provide electricity.

Focus themes

Arts & CultureEducation

Problem statement

India is growing fast, not only the population but also the economy. High rise buildings, shopping malls and business centers are starting to dominate the towns of India. But as the towns are growing the villages are left behind. Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the soul of India dwells in its villages. Economical growth is useless unless the villages are developed. Loka supports the realisation of a Centre of Knowledge in North India with the aim to develop the villages through education.

Goal

1) To offer a four-year residential study programme to 20 children from rural areas in North India; 2) To offer daily classes to hundreds of children residing in villages. These classes are given by the residential students; 3) To initiate projects to raise social awareness for a cleaner and more beautiful environment; 4) To strengthen and develop existing schools in order to bring the education in the villages to a higher level; 5) To promote Sanskrit learning and literature; and 6) To develop cultural and educational interaction between East and West.

Main activities

All buildings of the Centre will be made as far as practical possible from natural materials, such as clay and grass. This way building costs are saved and the Centre will blend in with surrounding villages. Construction work should be finished by the end of 2010. Throughout 2009/2010 children will be selected for the residential programme through the current activities. Beginning 2011 the first 4-year programme will start, educating children who otherwise have little chances.

External risks

We try to work as good and thoroughly as possible, believing that if the intentions of the people and organisations are pure, this will also attract good circumstances. We already have some years experience working in this area and have experience with corruption, threats and floods. We always try to stand strong and find the best solution in every circumstance. Because there is a solution for every situation.

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25 supporters
2 fundraisers
€10,900 raised
100% of €10,900 budget

Supported by

Charlotte Leech supported Centre of knowledge with €€€
15.03.2010
Eekels Pompen supported Centre of knowledge with €3840
Good luck with the project!
09.03.2010
13.10.2009
13.10.2009

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