Innovations in Shiksha

Innovations in Shiksha is a term given to diverse experiments outside the Factory models of Schooling and Education. We believe these Innovations act as catalysts and can inspire many new ideas/ experiments world-wide. Most of these experiments have sparked alot of imagination and creativity in us and keep our spirits alive. They also constantly help us unlearn and re-learn what we need to for the 21st Century. Please feel free to share your own Innovations in Shiksha.

Here is a little playbook on our experiences with co-designing and co-hosting the Unschoolers Winter Camp at Shikshantar.

This special Summer Unschooling Camp was held in Delhi Lancer Road government school for girls as a prototype for a new Creativity Adda. 

Families learning together is a four day living together and learning experience at Swaraj University, Udaipur. It's an invitation to all the families and people who are thinking out of the box and experimenting with new ways of living and learning together.

Learn about the art of sponging to pursure your dreams and join the Sponge Club.

 A little glimpse into the Unschoolers Winter Camp held at Shikshantar, Udaipur, from Nov 1-Dec 30, 2017. This film was shot and made by the unschoolers themselves. Special thanks to Qudrat.

I am the the youngest of three BRATS (Born Raised and Transferred) kids from the Defence background who reminds my kids that I spent the first nine years of my life in eight locations across the country — from Jodhpur to Pathankot to Wellington in the Nilgiris in South India.

A couple of years earlier I had many ideals and ideas of how I wanted to live, raise my children, where I should live and what the world ‘should’ be like.

Frequently asked questions about the Winter Camp. Check out the Unschoolers Winter Camp film.

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

I am 44 years old. I live in Pune with my daughter, Gourika, and son, Ishaan, my parents and our dog, Goldy. I run a space called Circle of Life, along with a partner, where we facilitate community-based activities and different kinds of intentional circles.

Bollywood loves that particular phase when a man and a woman are falling in love. Over 80% of our film music can be mapped to this ‘pink phase’ (including at least one of your favourite numbers)

The decision to spend two months in India — for a first visit — felt exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. I was to be travelling to India with my husband, my two sons aged eighteen and seventeen, and my ten year old daughter.

Inspiring stories of South Asian homeschoolers, unschoolers, and creative families who are transforming the family learning environment with new experiments and weaving a new joint family system.

Our search for natural health and other related matters started with the birth of our son. Actually, it started a little before that, when we were looking for a sympathetic gynecologist.

Check out this interview with Manish Jain, co-founder of Shikshantar Andolan, Swaraj University and Learning Societies Unconference, for the Alternative Learning Sourcebook.

Watch Vidhi Jain's Josh Talk on How Schools kill creativity and why she chooses to unschool.

Some stories about families learning together from social visionaries Norma and Claude Alvares during the Swaraj University Wisdom Weekend

Some stories about Families Learning Together from social visionaries Norma and Claude Alvares during the Swaraj University Wisdom Weekend.

Interview with Mrs. Vidhi Jain, co-founder of the ‘Shikshantar Resource Centre for Homeschool/Unschooling, Gap Year, Walkouts and Self-Designed Learners’ in Udaipur about her vision of education...

Come visit The Shikshantar Resource Center for Homeschooling/Unschooling, Gap Year, Walkouts, and Self–Designed Learners.

Imagine a space where government school-going children have freedom to pursue and develop their interests everyday without textbooks, exams, or marks…

You are welcome to Swaraj University to experience the joy and aliveness of learning.

Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year 2000.

Here are some 2013 glimpses of Udaan self-designed learning project with children from ragpicker community in Badgaon, Udaipur. This project was developed with Ravi Gaikwad, a khoji in Swaraj University.

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.

“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.”

This film features the late Narayan Desai, writer, Gandhian activist, freedom fighter, chancellor, homeschooler from Gujarat, India. He grew up with Mahatma Gandhi. He shares some of his inspiring experiences with nai taleem.


This film is about the late Sri Dayalchand Soni, a Gandhian thinker, writer, activist, educator, school principal, and owner of a flour grinding mill in Udaipur. He shares some radical stories on a new vision of education.

The film  is a recording of a gathering of families and individuals that met in Deer Park, Bir, Himachal Pradesh in India in April 2011, to discuss and share there learning journeys.

Glimpses of the Families Learning Together meet that was held in Indore in 2010. About 12 families gathered and played together in Indore, beautifully hosted by Dinesh Kothari and friends.

A beautiful radical poem critiquing the way 'literacy' has been framed by development projects.

Rama Barhat shares her experiences as a Khoji at Swaraj University and also how she feels her learning has been different from other University students.

A film based on the research of K B Jinan which shows the richness of learning spaces and processes in daily village life. As you will see village children have many more learning resources available to them than even elite urban children.

Interview with Helena Norberg Hodge, author of Ancient Futures and Economics of Happiness

The Families Learning Together group has produced this animation to raise a dialogue around the issues of vaccination.  

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

Named after Gandhi’s call for a new vision of education, this festival inspires viewers to dream beyond the dominant model of factory schooling.

Listen to Vidhi Jain's TEDx talk about the power of learning cities and learning eco-systems.

Swaraj University Khojis were invited to the Multiversity Conference in Malaysia to speak about their experiences with self-designed learning. 

Swaraj University Khojis were invited to the Multiversity Conference in Malaysia to speak about their experiences with self-designed learning.  

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Lakshmi Gunashekar walked out from the formal education system, shares her secrets to accessing her gifts which can make this world a more beautiful place to live in.

What would happen if we went about pursuing education outside the walls of an institution; what can we learn from just travelling, writing, dancing, meeting new people? Shouldn't we be following our dreams instead of following societal norms?

Reva Dandage is the co-founder and director of Swaraj University, an alternative university with a focus on self-design learning, including exploration of basic entrepreneurial skills within the context of environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

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.

You are committing a sin.
You will spoil and ruin your child’s life.
You are mad.

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.

Sakhi has decided to take her education seriously and hence does NOT go to college. She walked out of school at the age of 12 and is now a part of a community of learners and seekers -- 'khojis' -- at Swaraj University, an innovative learning programme for youth.

Imagine a group of MBA students... starting their own real green company and issuing a slow money IPO as part of their studies.