The Peoples' Institute for Re-thinking Education and Development

Learning Treasure Hunt

Many people mistakenly believe that you need to go to expensive institutions or big (foreign) cities to get access to high quality learning resources. This is a team game we designed to help you find ‘local treasures’ and potential mentors, well-wishers and partners in order to build your local learning ecosystem. It shifts us from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance. This game is inspired by Ivan Illich's ideas on learning webs and vernacular traditions. We have tested this out in Udaipur as a Learning City and found it to be super useful. Feel free to modify/add to it based on your local context. 

Here is the Challenge: find as many people listed below as you can in your neighborhood. Ask them the story of how they have learnt the skill or knowledge; make time to genuinely listen to their stories. Ask them if they are willing to share their knowledge and get a selfie of them. Try to work as a team with BIG HEARTS, HUMILITY, SPECTACULAR-ITY as you can within the 4 hours. Repeat and watch the magic happen.

Your Team Name: _______________________________________

Find someone who knows how to make beautiful paintings.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to do photography or filmmaking.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to do modern dance like hip hop.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to do tribal dances.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to make sweets.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to repair mobile phones.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to sing traditional songs in tribal language.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find a place in the city where farming is happening. Find someone who knows how to grow their own food.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find somewhere in the city where there are cows, buffalos, chickens or goats. Find someone who knows how to take care of animals.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows about medicinal plants. Identify 3 ‘wild’ medicinal plants available in the city.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows yoga or pranayam.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows alternative healing like ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, massage therapy, traditional, etc.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows weaving or tailoring.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows poetry.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows bird watching or snake rescue.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows how to catch fish. How many varieties of local fish are available?

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find a local kabaadiwala. Make a list of what items s/he has available.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows more than 5 languages.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows carpentry and making furniture

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows about building houses with bamboo or working bamboo.

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find someone who knows about solar energy. What products do they have available?

Name: __________________, Contact # or address _____________________________

Find a library or bookstore where kids can get interesting books.

Place : _______________________________

Find three public places where at least 50 people gather at one time daily. What kind of people gather there? What time of the day do they meet?

Place 1: __________________, Place 2 ____________________, Place 3 ___________________

Find three places where children play.

Place 1: __________________, Place 2 ____________________, Place 3 ___________________

Find a comfortable chai thela, cafe, restaurant where one can hang out for hours and meet diverse people.

Place : _______________________________