What we offer?

Foundation Workshop

Takeaway – Participants understand the connection between culture, climate and sustainability. They are proud of their roots and are comfortable in their own skin.

Duration – 4 hours

Location – Within the campus.

ParticipantsSchools: Primary teachers, Secondary Teachers, Students from class 4 to 12

                              Universities: All students & teachers

                              Organizations: All members

Societies: Everyone

Frequency – Single session (batch size not exceeding 50 participants).

Cost (Rs.) – Rs.500 per participant (minimum Rs.15,000)

Schedule:

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S.No. ELEMENT INTENTION
1. Climate & Ecology Impact of solar radiation falling on the earth (biodiversity, skin tones, organism size, surface to volume ratios, and so on).
2. Climate & Dialects Linguistic structures and their connection to the local environment (social, economic and ecological).
3. Climate & Diets Connection between local climate, food and health.
4. Climate & Dresses Connection between of local climate and soils on ‘fashion’.
5. Climate & Dwellings Connection between local climate, dwellings and social structures.
6. Climate & Dances & Songs Connection between local climate, music (folk songs) & community.
7. Climate & The Status Quo To discover the disconnection between the current socio-cultural paradigm and its impact on the ecological environment
8. The way forward To distinguish what it would take from our side to impact the status quo in a manner that alters it.
9. Feedback To collect feedback from the participants on their experience from the workshop and their key take-away.

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Summer School

Takeaway – Participants will appreciate the connection between climate & culture, through hands-on activities.

Duration – 2 months

Location – Sessions in school

ParticipantsStudents – class 5 – 12

                              Universities – 1st – 5th year

Frequency – Once a week (half day)

Schedule

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S.No. LECTURE TITLE DATE DESCRIPTON
1. Dialects and Climate Week 1 Introduction
2. Dialects and Climate Week 2 To become aware of the language we use and how it impacts our thinking and actions. Proficiency in E-prime.
3. Dresses and Climate Week 3 Cloth and Weaving – Study the warp and weft of different materials with relation to the climate they are worn in.
Learn how to use a charkha or a weaving machine or knitting, handloom, crochet.
4. Diets and Climate Week 4 Discover seasonal and non-seasonal fruits/vegetables.
Relation between spices, climate & body.
5. Diets and Climate Week 5 Cook-off! Seasonal preparations from across the country.
6. Dwellings as Climate Week 6 Impact of the materials, and relation between climate and materials.
Model making with local materials
7. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 7 Understanding the connection between music and sustainable development.
8. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 8 Have a jugal-bandi session amongst the participants

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What is “Green”?

Takeaway – Participants experience a new outlook to life.

Duration – 6 months or 1 semester

Location – Sessions in school

ParticipantsStudents – class 5 – 12 (any 1)

Universities – 1st – 5th year (any 1)

Frequency – Once a week

Schedule
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S.No. LECTURE TITLE DATE DESCRIPTON
1. Dialects and Climate Week 1 Introduction. Discovering how language limits our experiences and expressions.
2. Dialects and Climate Week 2 To become aware of the language we use and how it impacts our thinking and actions.
3. Dialects and Climate Week 3 Proficiency in E-prime. Conflict resolution via General Semantics.
4. Dialects and Climate Week 4 Documentation session.
5. Dresses and Climate Week 5 Cloth and Weaving – Study the warp and weft of different materials with relation to the climate they are worn in.
6. Dresses and Climate Week 6 Trace history of a piece of cloth like denim; contrast this with traditional clothing; uncover sweat shops; outsourcing
7. Dresses and Climate Week 7 Learn how to use a charkha or a weaving machine or knitting, handloom, crochet.
8. Dresses and Climate Week 8 Documentation session.
9. Diets and Climate Week 9 Discover seasonal and non-seasonal fruits/vegetables.
Relation between spices, climate & body.
10. Diets and Climate Week 10 Discuss ‘degrees of separation’;
Then see the impact of one species on the entire system.
11. Diets and Climate Week 11 Cook-off! Seasonal preparations from across the country.
12. Diets and Climate Week 12 Documentation session.
13. Dwellings as Climate Week 13 Impact of the materials, and relation between climate and materials.
14. Dwellings as Climate Week 14 Documentation session.
15. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 15 Understanding the connection between music and sustainable development.
16. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 16 Exercise of changing the ending of a story OR Have a jugal-bandi session amongst the participants
17. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 17 Documentation session.

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Road to Sustainability

Takeaway – Experience & develop the ability to think in systems. The perspective of students WILL alter – forever.

Duration – 1 year

Location – Sessions in campus + Field visits.

Participants Students – class 5 – 12 (any 1)

Universities – 1st – 5th year (any 1)

Frequency – Once a week

Schedule

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S.No. LECTURE TITLE DATE DESCRIPTON
1. Dialects and Climate Week 1 Introduction
2. Dialects and Climate Week 2 Discovering how language limits our experiences and expressions.
3. Dialects and Climate Week 3 To become aware of the language we use and how it impacts our thinking and actions.
4. Dialects and Climate Week 4 Proficiency in E-prime. Conflict resolution via General Semantics.
5. Dialects and Climate Week 5 Documentation session.
6. Dresses and Climate Week 6 Cloth and Weaving – Study the warp and weft of different materials with relation to the climate they are worn in.
7. Dresses and Climate Week 7 Trace history of a piece of cloth like denim; contrast this with traditional clothing; uncover sweat shops; outsourcing.
8. Dresses and Climate Week 8 Learn how to use a charkha or a weaving machine or knitting, handloom, crochet.
9. Dresses and Climate Week 9 Visit a textile museum.
10. Dresses and Climate Week 10 Documentation session
11. Diets and Climate Week 11 Discover seasonal and non-seasonal fruits/vegetables.
Spices & climate.
12. Diets and Climate Week 12 Discuss ‘degrees of separation’;
Then see the impact of one species on the entire system.
13. Diets and Climate Week 13 Cook-off! Seasonal preparations from across the country OR Visit to a market of local food
14. Diets and Climate Week 14 Visit a farm.
15. Diets and Climate Week 15 Documentation session.
16. Dwellings and Climate Week 16 Impact of the materials, and relation between climate and materials.
17. Dwellings and Climate Week 17 Advertising and how it influences our chain of thought.
18. Dwellings and Climate Week 18 Participate in making mud buildings.
19. Dwellings and Climate Week 19 Documentation session
20. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 20 Understanding the connection between music and sustainable development.
21. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 21 Have a jugal-bandi session amongst the classmates.
22. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 22 Have a workshop of a regional dance/music form.
23. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 23 Continuation of workshop
24. Dances & Songs and Climate Week 24 Documentation session.

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Fun & Togetherness

Takeaway – Students will be skilled to live a sustainable life, through activities that are fun and participatory.

Duration – 3 year (12 sessions per element)

Location – Sessions in school + field visits.

Participants – Class between 1 & 7

(Continue with the same batch for three years & they would teach their junior batch next year)

Frequency – Once a week

Schedule

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S.No. ELEMENT INTENTION
1. Climate & Dialects Discovery through activities. Culmination with a celebration. Documentation session.
2. Climate & Diets Discovery through cooking. Culmination with a cook-off. Documentation session.
3. Climate & Dresses Discovery through weaves. Culmination with a un-fashion show or producing a fabric from scratch. Documentation session.
4. Climate & Dwellings Discovery through field visits. Culmination by participating in making a mud house. Documentation session.
5. Climate & Dances & Songs Discovery through dances. Culmination with a festive community dance-off. Documentation session.

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Sustainable Living

Takeaway – Students will be left with an experience such that living sustainably becomes the default mode of their lives.

School will have their own set of booklets & a batch of products (to be used or sold)

Duration – 6 – 8 year (1 elements per year for 3 years, then 1 project per year)

Location – Sessions in school + field visits.

Participants – Class Nursery to 5th – Same batch continues.

(Continue with the same batch & they would teach their junior batch next year)

Frequency – Once a week

Schedule
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S.No. ELEMENT INTENTION
1. Climate & Ecology (Nursery) Discovering how the climate impacts our lives. Documentation session.
2. Climate & Dialects (K.G.) Discovery through activities. Culmination with a celebration. Documentation session.
3. Climate & Diets (Class 1) Discovery through cooking. Culmination with a cook-off. Documentation session.
4. Climate & Dresses (Class 2) Discovery through weaves. Culmination with a un-fashion show. Documentation session.
5. Climate & Dwellings (Class 3) Discovery through field visits. Culmination by participating in making a mud house. Documentation session.
6. Climate & Dances & Songs (Class 4) Discovery through dances. Culmination with a festive community dance-off. Documentation session.
S.No. PROJECT DETAILS
1. Clean Greens (Class 5 – Could divide section wise) Organic farming – vegetables, fruits & cotton Documentation session
2. Cotton to Cloth (Class 6 – 1 or 2 sections) Charkha & weaving – make thread from cotton then weave or crochet a piece of cloth. Documentation session.
3. Ā4 (Class 6 – 1 or 2 sections) Charkha & weaving – make thread from cotton then weave or crochet a piece of cloth. Documentation session.
4. Paakshaantara (Class 6 – 1 or 2 sections) Making their own FMCG products. Documentation session.

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Rural Cousins

Takeaway – Participants will experience firsthand, the relationship between local culture and the local climate. They will learn a new way-of-life and build a working relationship with the village.

The school can then create a demand for, & source its vegetables, fruits, and handicrafts from the village to give a fillip to the local village economy.

Duration – Minimum 5 years

Frequency – Once or twice a year, for a week

Location – A nearby village

Class – Starts from class 1 (group of 10 students; same group continues)

Schedule

STEP 1 : A compulsory foundation workshop for the teachers & parents (of that class) on the relevance of the local culture and its connection with the local climate.

STEP 2 : Meeting with teachers & parents to discuss logistics for the field visit.

STEP 3 : Series of 6 to 10 classes for the participants of the field trip.

STEP 4 : Village Immersion (1st year) :-

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HOUR DESCRIPTION – A DAY IN LIFE OF OUR ANCESTORS
1. 04:00 to 05:00 Exercise
2. 05:00 to 06:00 Permaculture and organic farming.
3. 06:00 to 07:00 Eat and rest
4. 07:00 to 08:00 Charkha/ wool spinning.
5. 08:00 to 09:00 Read/learn local dialect.
6. 09:00 to 10:00 Discussion
7. 10:00 to 11:00 Go to school
8. 11:00 to 12:00 Lunch
9. 12:00 to 13:00 Rest
10. 13:00 to 14:00 Learn a local handicraft
11. 14:00 to 15:00 Discussion
12. 15:00 to 16:00 Play with village kids
13. 16:00 to 17:00 Sing folk songs
14. 17:00 to 18:00 Learn about the dish and help in preparation
15. 18:00 to 19:00 Dine with villagers
16. 19:00 Sleep

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Students document the data obtained from village to present it back to the villagers.
(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Requirements for village visit:
1. Intention – Empower villagers – to learn from villagers, NOT to teach them.
2. Wear local clothes as the villagers.
3. No gadgets, except camera & mobile (networks may be a concern)
4. Food provided will be local food of the village.
5. Accommodation provided will be in the local houses.
6. Speaking in English not allowed.
7. Please get a notebook, sketch book (optional) and a pen/pencil.

Village Immersion Programme may include:
i. Clean greens – growing seasonal & regional fruits & vegetables.
ii. A4 – making seasonal & regional aachars.
iii. Paakshaantara – making natural & regional FMCG products.

The products obtained will be sold within the school & money obtained will be given to the villagers.(Students involved in making the products will get a free sample of the product they helped with)

Students document the data obtained from village to present it back to the villagers.
(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Paakshaantara

Today’s Reality – Our body being like sponge, absorbs the chemicals that go into products & cosmetics we use these days, impacting our health.

Next these chemicals find their way into water, making the water non-reusable without any chemical treatment – killing the water one way or the other. Also, the factories manufacturing these products contribute to the pollution levels of the environment.

Probable Future – Water scarcity or worse non availability of drinking water. Increase in water pollution and deterioration of health – for all living beings.

Possibility or Intention – Reviving faith in worshipping of water by disallowing any form of corruption of our water streams at the hands of all the chemicals that go into products and find their way into water streams today.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus

Participants – Anyone (maximum 40-50 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. Participant or a family members of a participants volunteers with regional recipes for products.

Step 2 – Meeting with volunteers & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the volunteers.

Step 3 – Making of products: 1 session per week with 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

The procedure is lead & directed by the volunteers.

Students may be divided into groups for processing & packaging.

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive recipe book and line of products.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Ā4 (ācār)

Today’s Reality – Commercial pickles are sold everywhere, irrespective of regional vegetables & recipes. These are not cured properly and are added with preservatives, thus tasting the same everywhere.

Also, we are losing priceless talent that was found in every home of our country, with seasonal & regional recipes responding to the need of the climate.

Probable Future – Extinction of the talent & regional recipes. Deterioration of health.

Possibility or Intention – Opportunity for all to have access to delicious home-made aachars, which are inherently ‘pro-biotic’ and thus reducing demand for commercially available pro-biotic products.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus compound or terrace

Participants – Anyone (maximum 30 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. A participant/s or a family member/s of participants volunteer with regional recipes for pickles.

Step 2 – Meeting with volunteers & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the volunteers.

Step 3 – Making of pickle: 1 session per week with 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

The procedure is lead & directed by the volunteers.

 

 

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive recipe book and line of products.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Clean Greens

Today’s Reality – Vegetables & fruits are injected with oxytocin and other chemicals, making them harmful for consumption.

Cold Storages are increasing, making non-seasonal & non-regional vegetable & fruits available in the market, which again are harmful to consume.

Probable Future – Increase of illnesses, hormonal imbalances in body, increase in the number of cancer cases.

Possibility or Intention – Availability of fresh & healthy food, especially to keep our children healthy.

Bridging the gap between generations & strata’s of the society.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus compound or terrace

Participants – Anyone (maximum 30 per batch)

Facilitators – Edible Routes & 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants.

Step 2 – Meeting with coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for farming.

Step 3 – Organic Farming: 1 session per week with Edible Routes or 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

 

Students document the data.

(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Festival Calendar

Today’s Reality – We are losing our local dialects and thus our festivals too. Even the ones we celebrate have evolved greatly and mostly people have forgotten why we celebrate them.

Probable Future – Within 10-20 years all our festivals may be lost. With it, would be lost the hidden treasure of these festivals regarding recipes, folk songs and the stories behind them.

Possibility or Intention – Reviving the relevance & connection of festivals to their environments. Also, reviving the 5D’s associated with the festivals through celebration & fun.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus

Participants – Anyone (maximum 40-50 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj and/or Community

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. Participant or family members of a participants, who have knowledge about a regional festival, volunteer to lead.

Step 2 – Meeting with leaders & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the leaders.

Step 3 – Activities: 1 session per week with 5waraj/Leaders. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

The procedure is lead & directed by the leaders and coordinators.

The activities would culminate with the celebration of the festivals.

(Activities would cover the five D’s of the festival and include craft items associated with the festival)

 

 

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive Festival Book.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Sing to Discover

(Sub set of Festival Calendar)

Today’s Reality – We are losing our local dialects and thus our Folk Songs too.

Probable Future – Within 10-20 years all our folk songs may be lost. With it, would be lost the hidden gold in these songs which talk about nature and society.

Possibility or Intention – Reviving the relevance & connection of folk songs to their nature and surroundings through singing, stories & fun.

Duration – Minimum 3 months

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus

Participants – Anyone (maximum 30-40 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj and/or Community

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. Participant or family members of a participants, who know regional folk songs, volunteer to lead.

Step 2 – Meeting with leaders & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the leaders.

Step 3 – Activities: 1 session per week, led by volunteer.

The activities would comprise of singing folk songs and discovering their meanings.

 

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive Folk Song Book.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Curriculum Intervention

Apart from schools & colleges, 5waraj is targeting impacting bodies that are at the source of education. Educational bodies such as:

  1. NCERT
  2. CBSE
  3. NCTE
  4. IIMs
  5. IITs
  6. Civil service board
  7. Council of Architecture
  8. Et cetra

From green wish to green wash

Everything you need to know about sustainability:

  1. Village empowerment programme – lifelong relationships with nearby villages
  2. Festival Calendar – living life as celebration
  3. Bhasha – mAtra bhAsA + Story writing – learning different local languages & their hidden world
  4. Bhesh – Farm to fabric – the entire process to come up with your own piece of cloth
  5. Bhojan – Clean greens + cooking club – grow your own food
    1. Ā4 – desi probiotic (making pickles)
    2. Paakshaantara – worshipping water (making chemical free FMCG products)
  6. Bhawan – Learn to make local houses
  7. Bhajan – Folk song club – discovering gold in our folk songs