We Have Everything We Need: Reclaiming Control of Education

By Shilpa Jain.   At Shikshantar, we’re trying to support the shift from a money-dominant globalized culture to a more small-scale, relationship-focused culture. We want to encourage people to rethink education and development. Our philosophy springs from the Gandhian principle of Swaraj, which refers to self-rule. It’s the links among all beings and the responsibility to take care of one another.

Other Worlds has partnered with the National Catholic Reporter to publish a 12 part series, titled “Women: Birthing justice, birthing hope.”  The columns, collected and edited by Beverly Bell, feature empowered women who offer alternative visions as they birth a new and more just world order.

 

By Shilpa Jain.   At Shikshantar, we’re trying to support the shift from a money-dominant globalized culture to a more small-scale, relationship-focused culture. We want to encourage people to rethink education and development. Our philosophy springs from the Gandhian principle of Swaraj, which refers to self-rule. It’s the links among all beings and the responsibility to take care of one another.

My grandmother never went to school, she never knew how to read or write, and she was such a wise and brilliant woman. She was incredibly creative, could come up with songs and dances and games right on the spot. She had tons of practical knowledge on herbal remedies and healing practices, and she was the most environmentally conscious person I know. Nothing ever went to waste; she would always make something out of anything. Because of her, I started asking about and looking for more of that kind of knowledge. Read More

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