Kathashala has been conceptualized as a storytelling institute, specializing in use of performing arts. It is committed to building the capacities of professionals in education, counsellors, therapists, trainers, executives and parents in the art of storytelling. The institute is the culmination of nearly two decades of experience in working with both children and adults.

Kathashala’s mandate is to generate awareness and appreciation for storytelling as a powerful method of understanding and learning. It aims to promote storytelling as a tool for parenting, learning aid to be used by educators to impart knowledge, values and life skills; therapists and counsellors to use it to understand their subjects better, build trust and help them to open up; for the corporate world to use it as a tool for problem solving, decision making, team building. Kathashala also aims at training individuals from all walks of life in the art of storytelling.

to know more – http://kathashala.wordpress.com

facebook           – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathashala/177991298904651

Katha- translating stories, transforming lives

Katha, a nonprofit organization working with and in story and storytelling for 22 years now, has more than 300 published titles, including quality translations of fiction for adults and children; 21 Indian languages in the voices of over 600 writers and translators.
By seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education and urban resurgence, Katha brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education. To date, through its many programmes, Katha has brought schooling to 162,500 childrentrained 17,000 of them in IT, taught 90,000 women in income-generation and social activism skills, and brought the joy of reading to more than 6,000,000 children.

read more at – http://www.katha.org
or at                 – http://www.ilovereading.in/
facebook        – https://www.facebook.com/kathaorg

The kahani project

THE KAHANI PROJECT  is a not for profit organization that has one simple aim – to make stories more accessible to children across the world irrespective of their disabilities or socio-economic status. All there storytellers and team members are volunteers who contribute hours after work to achieve this simple aim.
Read more on the website —http://thekahaniproject.org/

connect to facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/TheKahaniProject

blog – http://thekahaniproject.org/category/the-kahani-blog/

Sardar patel organic farm

Sardar Patel Farm A certified 125 acre organic farm on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Organic farming based on a Bio-Dynamic framework is followed by us in our effort to be a part of the healthy chain healthy soil healthy crops healthy foods – healthy life.

​After over 11 years of following these farming practices we have earned the International Organic Certification awarded by the Control Union Certifications NPOP, Govt. of India, E U, USDA / NOP, Swiss Farming Ordinance.

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After fifty years of so-called development efforts, and despite great scientific advancements, India (and the rest of the world) finds itself mired in a paralyzing socio-cultural, environmental and spiritual crisis – overwhelming in its scale, intensity and rate of growth.

While education has been framed as the cure to this crisis, in reality, the factory model of schooling is part of the problem. Around the world, education systems have become commercialized ‘businesses’ which serve to stratify society, glorify militarism, devalue local knowledge systems and languages, manufacture unsustainable wants, breed discontent and frustration, stifle creativity, motivation and expression, and dehumanize communities. The 19th-century model of factory-schooling today stands in the way of building organic learning societies for the 21st century.

to read more — http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/udaipur.html


Swaraj university, udaipur

Swaraj University was designed and birthed in 2010 as a two year learning programme for youth. The focus of the programme is on self-designed learning and on green entrepreneurship, including exploration of basic business skills within the context of ecological sustainability and social justice. Each person’s learning programme and curriculum is individualized according to his/her specific talents, questions and dreams. There is ample scope for learners to develop a multidisciplinary curriculum. We have developed and tested various learning materials and activities for self-designed learning. There is a strong focus on apprenticeship learning, leadership development and community living. In the area of community living, learners explore healthy and sustainable personal lifestyle choices, gift culture, co-creation and democratic decision-making. Decisions regarding day-to-day functioning is done through the form of consensus, with a space for each person in the Swaraj community, be that learner or facilitator, to express his/her voice.


Barefoot college, tilonia (rajasthan)

In 1965 a young post graduate student, SANJIT “BUNKER” ROY volunteered to spend the summer working with famine affected people in Palamu District Bihar, now Jharkhand, one of the poorest of India’s states. His urban elitist upbringing had distanced him from poverty and destitution. This experience changed him, and formed the determination to fight poverty and inequality. It became his mission. The idea of the SWRC (Social Works and Research Centre), Tilonia emerged from these concerns.



PRAKIRIYA green wisdom school



Syamantak – School without walls

Syamantak’s “School without walls” is a center for experiential learning at Dhamapur village in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India. Inspired by Dr.Srinath Kalbag,a scientist turned educationist,we formulated a residential commune of students. A process of organic learning run by the students for the students. “School Without Walls”, may appear to others as vocational education, but is not. What we are aiming at is not vocational education, but education using real life activities as a medium. Students at  benefits from the way they learn things – by actually doing them.This is not something they learned in their school or college. Our emphasis is on learning while doing in real life. We believe that working with your hands is what teaches you best

Our education is related to our Mother Earth & nobody should be forced to leave his village for bread, butter & education. None should be detached from his Mother soil for the sake of keeping body and soul together. We had, in days of yore, excellent architects,super human, medical men,amazing space walkers, all that in villages. None of the great that time had to leave their villages. WHY NOW? We need not go to foreign countries or metros for higher education.

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Vigyan ashram

Vigyan Ashram is a center of Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune. A scientist turned educationalist Late Dr.S.S.Kalbag started Vigyan Ashram in 1983 to find out solution to the problems in education.


vigyan ashram

vigyan ashram

Banyan tree book store

BANYAN TREE publishes and distributes books that bind together the relationship of living and non living. Our books challenges the pre defined notions of institutionalized world, understanding the power of our traditional & cultural roots like the roots of BANYAN TREE.

Here you will find books that challenges the institutalisation of knowledge, culture and traditions, books that challenges the control and adulteration of food, health and farming, books on learning, un-schooling, sustainable development & ecology. We strongly believe that “nothing can be taught’’ and “work is teacher’’.Here you can buy books in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

We also support individuals who want to traverse their own path in the field of alternative media, community learning, and sustainable development. those interested can contact us on –


scholars without borders

scholars without borders



other India book store

Other India Bookstore is registered as a Trust under the Indian Societies Act, 1860. The Trust was set up in 1986 by a group of young scholars from India who revolted against the continued domination and control of the country’s academic life and intellectual culture by the West.

Other India Press, the publishing arm of the Bookstore, was set up in 1990 and is today one of the country’s most prominent publishers of alternative literature.

The Trust’s areas of concern and activity include:

  • Distribution and sale of books exclusively from Asia, Africa and South America
  • Marketing of literature generated by social activists
  • Documentation and dissemination of alternative literature on health, agriculture and education
  • Challenging conventional schooling institutions and networking alternatives to factory schooling.


    alternative books

    alternative books

Earthcare book store

Earthcare Books is a publisher and distributor of books on environmental issues and just and sustainable development.

We believe that an understanding of our problems and their roots must be supplemented with a vision of what needs to be done or is being done.


alternative book store

alternative book store

The Play School Dilemma

Good checklist for what to have and what not to have in a young child’s playschool or any environment that it spends its day in.

Ask Amma

My son is 18 months old. I work as a free lance consultant and have a good support system at home. My husband and I have been thinking about playschool as our son loves physical activity and exploring new things and also interacting with other children.

What are your thoughts on play schools, the appropriate ages, what to look for in a good play school, its teachers etc?

Mama from Delhi

The neighbourhood is the appropriate place for an 18-month-old or really for any child who is looking for physical activity, new things to explore, and interaction with children outside the home.  Also the wide world beyond offers many attractions, but do not forget that there is much to explore locally, even within a kilometre radius as well.

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Swaraj University orientation meet 6-7 July 2013, Udaipur

The admission process for 2013 has started. Kindly check http://www.swarajuniversity.org/join.html for more details on the process of joining. Attending the orientation meet is necessary for the admissions.

Check our facebook page for regular updates:

Our mailing address is:
Swaraj University 83, Adinath Nagar, old fatehpura
Udaipur 313004 India

Summerhill School, UK

So, kids, anyone for double physics? But no worries if you don't fancy it | UK news | The Guardian

What happens when a school doesn’t force its students to attend any classes, where they’re free to be themselves, and when everyone, student or staff, has an equal vote:

“Pupils’ personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is outstanding,” the inspectors conclude in their first full inspection report since 1999, published this week. Students are “courteous, polite and considerate”, make “good progress” and are “well-rounded, confident and mature” when they leave.

via So, kids, anyone for double physics? But no worries if you don’t fancy it | UK news | The Guardian.

Age Segregation in School, by Learn in Freedom

Historian Joseph Kett, in Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America 1790 to the Present 1977, demonstrates convincingly by quoting from a vast array of contemporary documents that the natural social life of American children before age-segregated schooling consisted of groups with even distribution of ages from eight to twenty-two. In research he has done in collaboration with juvenile justice experts, he develops the hypothesis that youth crime results from an age-segregated youth culture.

Age Segregation in School : Learn in Freedom.

A great collection of articles on unschooling and self-designed learning, by an unschooling parent. Good reading material for parents considering unschooling their kids.

Interview – Nikhil Goyal On What We Actually Need To Do To Transform Education

Nikhil Goyal is 17 year old (as of Jan 2013) author of ‘One Size Does Not Fit All: A Students Assessment Of School’ from New York, USA.

“This model of education is ancient. The more time a person spends in school, the more their passion and curiosity slowly gets extinguished. And there’s all this data that supports it.”

“We need to be asking how we retain those childlike traits of curiosity, wonder and awe. Because those are the traits of innovators and people who are going to do great things in the world.”

Standardized tests lead to standardized children.

“Well I would start off, like I said, by redesigning the classroom. Secondly, I would bring the entire community into education – universities, museums businesses, farms, apprenticeships etc. Thirdly I would abolish grades, subjects, age divisions and standardized testing and put the focus on learning by doing and project based learning and measure kids by their portfolio.”

By doing away with age divisions “Older kids can mentor younger kids… The teacher becomes a collaborator.

Read full article here: Interview – Nikhil Goyal On What We Actually Need To Do To Transform Education

Article by Bernard Moran on EduCoup, featuring Nikhil Goyal