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Nayi Dishayein Summer Schools 2019 @ Sambhaavana Institute, Himachal Pradesh [May, June]: Registrations Open

By: Usha | 18 Apr 2019 9:45 AM

Sambhaavnaa Institute has for the last seven years been organising a participatory, reflective and perspective-building program on ‘Rethinking Development’ called Nayi Dishayein.

In this program we work with young participants to:

  1. Deconstruct, i.e. critically examine, the notion of development. We shall converse with a plethora of narratives and discourses surrounding this notion, and the ways in which they are constructed.
  2. Examine the root causes of growing inequity in distribution of wealth and resources, and its impacts on nature and people, in a society fractured along the lines of gender, caste, race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and language.
  3. To stretch our imaginations, and re-examine and challenge our beliefs, views, convictions, and privileges resulting from the enduring power structures that stem from the social markers of caste, gender, religion, and class; and how they are linked with the notion(s) of development.
  4. Examine how the State and its institutions of policy-making and governance influence these power structures and vice versa.
  5. Assess possibilities of transformation through people’s actions, through an exposure to, and dialogue on, a range of initiatives/movements towards a more just society.

The themes of the program are explored using interactive lectures, group work and group discussions, cinema, theatre of the oppressed, songs of resistance, fieldwork, self-reflections, and importantly, sharing of lived experiences by activists.

Who is the program for?

If you are in the age group of 21-26 years and seeking an engagement with the above deliberations, or you are just figuring out how to frame the questions you would want to ask yourself, or trying to understand the interconnections between different issues that you see around yourself, then please join us for an intensive collective churning on them – to open up ‘nayi dishayein’ in both your thinking and living.

Language: Primarily English, and some Hindi.

This call for applications is for two distinct programs. Please apply for any one.
  • Program 1: 6-week program (Campus + Field Internship), 21st May to 4th July, 2019
  • Program 2: 12-day program (Campus only), 17th to 28th June, 2019
Program 1:  6-week program (Campus + Field Internship), 21st May to 4th July, 2019

This program aims to interweave theory and practice. The first part of the program is a 10-day campus-based component that will focus on building a varied and dynamic understanding of some of the pertinent issues facing our society today. The second part of this program shall involve field immersion for a month with some ongoing social change initiatives (in groups of 2-3). Participants will be sent to grassroots organizations across the country for a month; and they will return to Sambhaavnaa Institute for the third part of this program (for 4 days) to reflect on their learnings and experiences, based on their internship.

Contribution for program 1:

  • Rs. 6000/- This includes only the food and stay expenses during the two classroom components of the program at the Sambhaavnaa Institute. Do not let money be an impediment to your desire to apply. Need-based fee waivers are available. We have a limited number of scholarships, so, please apply for a fee waiver if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.
  • Participants are expected to bear the cost of travel and food expenses of the internship. (Lodging will be provided by the internship organization. No support is available from Sambhaavnaa Institute for this component.)
Program 2: 12-day program (Campus only), 17th to 28th June, 2019

In this program, the aforesaid themes would be explored utilizing some creative and imaginative methods of pedagogy at the campus of Sambhaavnaa Institute.

Contribution for program 2:

Rs. 7500/- This includes only food and stay expenses at Sambhaavnaa Institute. Once again, please do not let money be an impediment to your desire to apply. Need-based fee waivers are available. We have a limited number of scholarships, so, please apply for a fee waiver if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.

How to apply?

Please complete one from amongst the three FIELD EXERCISES detailed below, and then fill the application form given here.

The field exercise is compulsory for your application to be considered.  There are 2 methods to submit your exercise.  You can choose either of these.

Method 1:  You can make a brief video, looking into the camera, articulating your experiences, specifically as per the requirements of the exercise.  The video has to be at least 3 minutes long. You can share this video on WhatsApp with Mohammad on 86 79 32 56 26.

Method 2:  Write in about 500 words,  please note that we will not be assessing the exercise on the basis of language, grammar or efficacy of presentation. We are interested in your reflections, interpretations, and analysis of ‘social realities’.

Exercise 1: Locate one person in your neighbourhood who is an ‘unorganised sector’ worker, and speak with them about his/her life, the nature of his/her work, wages, family, who else earns in their family, the living conditions of their family, and so on. Find out about his/her background in terms of caste, region, class and other sociocultural markers. Share with us your reflection on their life and working conditions, and if and/or how it could be changed for the better in your opinion?

OR

Exercise 2: Follow the garbage trail from your place of residence to the final place that it rests. Locate one person in the life-cycle who manages your garbage, and speak to them about the nature of their work, their wages, their family and who else earns in their family, the living conditions their family and so on. Provide a description of the garbage trail and any insights you obtained from it. Share about the garbage worker as well as your reflections on his/her life and working conditions, and if and/or how it could be changed for the better?

OR

Exercise 3: Visit a government school in your neighbourhood. Interview some students and teachers about their experiences at school, and get their views on the current education system in the country. Observe the working conditions, the general infrastructure, and the general atmosphere in the school. Do a comparison with the kind of school you attended. What do you think ails ‘education’ today and what could be done to change things around?

Contact

Sambhaavnaa, Kumud Bhushan Educational Society.
Village Kandbari, Tehsil Palampur District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh 176061 India
Phone: +91 889 422 7954, E-mail: info@sambhaavnaa.org

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Usha

Loved my student life, love talking to students now. I am a wearer of multiple hats (wife, mom, cook, chauffeur). My job is my hobby! :)

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