Internship Description: Founded in September
1998, Shikshantar is a 'jeevan andolan', organic learning community,
video and library resource center, and an applied research institute
working in the areas of lifelong societal learning and just and
balanced living for the 21st century. We seek to engage in transdisciplinary
systemic level thinking and practical actions in order to: 1) challenge
and dismantle the existing monopoly of factory-schooling; and 2)
enable and connect open learning communities that support the generation
of new visions of Swaraj. Our notion of "Swaraj" (self-rule;
or rather, rule over oneself) as a reflective and transformative
process is inspired by Gandhi's Hind Swaraj.
To this end, we are involved in continually collecting, analyzing,
contextualizing, synthesizing and sharing the best research on human
learning and alternatives to development from around the world.
Such research seeks to explore the intersections between: human
potential and human learning processes; local knowledge systems
and cultural creativity; conscientization and empowerment; appropriation
of information and communication technologies; and wisdom, human
dignity, spirituality and meaning-making systems. These human learning
themes are situated within the larger context of constructing pluralistic
and participatory processes for Swaraj.
We apply this research to: experimenting with and documenting new
methodologies, policy frameworks and models of education; organizing
workshops, seminars, and conferences; publishing a research bulletin
(Vimukt Shiksha - Liberating Education) in English and Hindi for
practitioners; and developing ourselves as an open learning community.
Shikshanatar is based in Udaipur (a small city in Rajasthan of about
500,000 people) with collaborating partners throughout the world.
To maintain the autonomy and integrity of our agenda, we do not
take any of our core funding from international donor agencies or
Shikshantar is offering a 4-month (minimum) internship in Udaipur
for Monsoon, Winter, and Summer periods. The internship is geared
towards those people who have walked out of institutional education/work
environments and are trying to create and explore new kinds of possibilities
for their own lives and communities.
Responsibilities: Over the course of
the internship, the Intern might be involved with any of the following
- visiting innovative projects throughout North India and documenting
these in case studies;
- researching and writing short policy papers on emerging trends,
issues and opportunities in education and development;
- conducting background literature reviews for future projects
or for issues of our research bulletin;
- preparing learning materials and running thematic workshops
for teachers, parents, students, policymakers;
- carrying out research to further develop certain thematic aspects
of our World Wide Web site;
- participating in open community meetings.
A specific Scope of Work will be developed (first via email and
then on-site in Udaipur) with the Intern, based on his/her background
and interests as well as on the current needs of Shikshantar and
- Should have a strong interest in understanding processes of
- Should have strong communication and researching skills;
- Should be self-motivated and have a strong interest in exploring
and learning about Udaipur, Mewar;
- Should have some previous experience working and/or living in
a developing country;
- Should know at least one practical and/or artistic skill with
Logistical Details: Shikshantar will
provide the Intern with lodging and a stipend of Rs.1000.
Application Process: Potential interns
are asked to submit a copy (by email, fax or post) of their portfolio
or latest CV, a short statement of research interests, and a letter
of recommendation from a colleague, mentor, peer -- anyone who can
share a detailed reflection on your strengths, talents, interests