Manish Jain

Manish Jain

Manish has spent the past seventeen years as Coordinator of Shikshantar Andolan. He is also a co-founder of Swaraj University and the Creativity Adda, the founding member of Giftival Network, Ecoversities Network, Vikalp Sangam, Learning Societies Unconference and Berkana Exchange. See his full bio here.

The Indian Multiversities Alliance aims to generate meaningful responses to the deep crisis of relevance facing the Indian education system.

Get a little taste of LSUC history by downloading the first unconference publication, If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, from 2002. 

A local solidarity network of primary producers, farmers, grandmothers, chefs, activists, natural healers, suppliers, distributors that embrace a philosophy of good, clean & fair food for all.

Do you have a dream project to improve the local culture, environment or health of Udaipur city? We would like to support you in making your dream come into reality.

Download the Ecoversities Film Festival and learn how to host it in your community.

On July 3, 2016, 15 people held a 2 hour Funeral Procession on Fatehsagar Lake in Udaipur to mourn the loss of more than 9000 precious young lives over the past 1 year in India due to exam-related stress and depression as well as the millions who are ruthlessly branded as 'failures'.

A retelling of Tagore's original story. This book looks at the education system as a cage.

Here are some details for the Fellowship. Application Form now available here. Last date for Submission is April 22, 2017

We invite you to join us in deepening the dialogues on learning societies. 

Our dream is that every resident of Udaipur, particularly all the children, should get to eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits every day. What good is our money, if we can't eat good food. 

Everyone is talking about happiness these days. So I started thinking about what are the things that are important for me and my community as part of our work in Udaipur as a Learning City.

What lies have you been taught by your school? How have you been trying to unlearn them? 

Many years ago, I had an idea of publishing a book full of confessions in which teachers asked for an apology for their crimes against children in school.

Factory-schooling is guilty of its own deadly sins. It is important for those working in the field of education to understand the serious damage that factory-schooling does to our children and to our wider species.

“If nai talim gets imprisoned into a system, it will be killed. If that should happen there will be no room for initiative, and people will spend their time contriving how this piece of knowledge can be correlated with that activity. We must steer clear of that kind of thing.”

One of the biggest confusions in India is that we equate 'education' and 'the culture of schooling' with 'shiksha'. But their philosophical, epistemological and pedagogical roots are fundamentally different. Take a look how.

The reflections in this article are a result of my explorations with rethinking education and development over the past 20 years. They were part of a talk delivered in Lisbon, Portugal.  

This article, published in Teacher Plus, shares some thoughts about our vision of and experiences with unschooling.

This anthology explores many aspects of the gift culture - trust, care, hospitality, sharing economy, copyleft, forgiveness, vulnerability, etc. - from around the world.

Join our campaign to say NO to diplomas and certificates as the basis for hiring and promotion in civil society organizations.

 

Cities all over the world are rising up to make a difference in food, energy, transportation, communication and urban space. We have been inspired in Udaipur as a Learning City by many others, and have compiled their amazing examples into a small booklet.

The Creativity Adda is an unschool (innovative self-designed learning space) based in a government school in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi.

Many years ago, I had an idea of publishing a book full of confessions in which teachers asked for an apology for their crimes against children in school.

We had a great unconference in Noida. Find out how you can organize a Learning City Unconference in your city or town.

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.

What lies has your school taught you? How have you unlearned them?

I can no longer accept a narrative of education, which teaches me that my village grandmother was illiterate, primitive, backward, stupid, uneducated, underdeveloped, uncivilized and not capable of managing her own affairs.

What if... money could speak? What would it tell us?
What if... you had $1 million dollars? What would you do with it?
What if... we did not need money to live? What would you do with your life?
What if… Mother Earth could speak? What would she tell us?

This issue of Vimukt Shiksha is dedicated to celebrating the courage and wisdom of those individuals, families and communities who are trying to resist being schooled/conditioned/ institutionalized/dehumanized and, in the process, are trying to reclaim control of their own learning/lives.

There is no pre-set curriculum for the learning activists. Rather, the learning agenda (learning goals, environments, styles and pace, resources, evaluations) emerges from mutual dialogue among all of the co-learners. We have learned that there are, however, some processes that can assist in their deeper exploration.