Do you believe that schools are designed to kill learning and creativity? 
Are you disgusted by efforts to convert innocent children into ‘human resources’ to fuel the global economy?
Do you feel exams are stupid and unjust?
Do you want to help children escape factory-schooling and reclaim control over their own self-designed learning process?
If yes, then join us for The Emperor Has No Clothes: Hacking the Education System Fellowship in Udaipur, Rajasthan hosted by Shikshantar Andolan.
The Fellowship is for 7 weeks in India and this year we will have an online component for those based outside of India. During this period, you will be exposed to some of the cutting-edge and wildest ideas about learning and education from around the world. And help to co-create and share some wild and crazy prototypes. Note: We don’t want ideas to reform or fix the existing system – we want to hack it.
Hacking means: to playfully deconstruct, break into, to cut to the core and expose, disrupt, dismantle, decolonize, provoke, playfully make fun of, help escape from, co-create new experiments, re-imagine, change the game…Hacking is not about reforming or fixing the existing schooling system.
During this fellowship, you will be asked to conceive, design and implement a project that will help hack the existing education/factory schooling system and promote alternative pathways of self-designed learning (see below for past project ideas).  You will also be expected to give some time each week to help other Fellows with collective hacks and to interact with international mentors. This will be a very fun and intense period with the minimum time commitment at 20 hours per week. For this period, fellows in India will receive a basic stipend of Rs.12,000 to support their living/travelling expenses (we will not be able to provide fellows outside of India with any financial support).  All fellows will be supported in developing a project proposal for crowdfunding if they wish to take their project forward after the fellowship period.
The Fellowship programme will be scheduled as such:
   – Week 1-2 – May 15-25 – Hack Camp in Udaipur: Meet all the fellows and engage in intense co-creation and design thinking process. Work on collective hacks. 
   – Weeks 3-6 – Away on your own time + Work on collective hacks online. Prototype your project. You are expected to engage in weekly check-in calls with your mentor and Sangha fellows.
 – Week 7 – June 25-July 1 – Hack Camp in Udaipur: Celebration, sharing experiences and discuss how to take their prototypes forward.
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT SHIKSHANTAR’s WEBSITE
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION IS APRIL 23, 2017.
THE FELLOWSHIP PERIOD WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN MAY-JUNE, 2016. INDIAN FELLOWS MUST ATTEND BOTH THE HACK CAMPS IN UDAIPUR (week 1, 2, and 7).
FELLOWS LIVING OUTSIDE OF INDIA ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. THEY WILL BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE FOR SELECTIVE HACKING CHALLENGES ONLINE DURING THE 7 WEEKS. For fellows that are participating online, you will need internet access to check in and connect with others. We will be using Zoom as our collaboration tool. Further logistics will be worked out once we know the various timezones participants are joining from.
For more info, contact Manish Jain manish@swaraj.org 
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