Summer Schools on Rethinking Development
Nayi Dishayein, Palampur [May-June]:
About Nayi Dishayein & Summer Schools
Nayi Dishayein interweaves theory with practice to generate a dynamic understanding of the pertinent issues faced by today’s society.
Participants of the program:
- Examine the root causes of growing inequality in resources distribution
- Deconstruct the conventional notion of development
- Understand the impact of development on nature and society
- Challenge beliefs, convictions, and privileges resulting from the enduring power structures, and understand how they are linked with the notions of development
- Examine how the state and its institutions and power structures influence each other
- Assess possibilities of transformation through people’s actions towards a just society
Apply for Nayi Dishayein if you are between 21-28 years and want to understand how development is shaping Indian society. Learn how the facets of gender, caste, race, class, ethnicity, communalism, sexuality, education, and language are linked to resource distribution.
The summer school consists of two programs:
Program 1: Six-week program (Campus + Internship), 21 May to 4 July 2020
The first part of the program is 10-day campus-based. It will involve interactive lectures by activists and experts, group work and discussions, cinema, theatre of the oppressed and songs of resistance.
The second part involves a month-long internship with some ongoing social change initiatives. Participants will be sent to grassroots organizations in groups of 2-3 across the country for a month. You will return to Sambhaavnaa Institute for the third part of this program for four days to reflect on learnings and experiences based on your internship.
Contribution for Program 1: Accepted applicants are required to pay ₹6000 as a contribution amount. This covers the expenses towards food and stay for the two campus components of the program at the Sambhaavnaa Institute.
Travel and food expenses during the internship will have to be borne by the participants. Lodging will be provided by the respective organization with which one is working. Sambhaavnaa Institute will not be able to extend any financial support for this component
Program 2: 12-day Program (Campus only), 17 to 28 June 2020
This program involves interactive lectures by activists and experts, group work and discussions, cinema, theatre of the oppressed and songs of resistance at Sambhaavnaa Institute.
Contribution for Program 2: Accepted applicants are required to pay ₹7500 as a contribution amount. This covers the expenses towards food and stay for the duration of the program at the Sambhaavnaa Institute.
Need-based partial waivers are available. We have a limited number of partial waivers, so, please request for a waiver only if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.
How to apply
The application has two parts:
- Complete any one of the three field exercises listed below. The field exercise is mandatory for your application to be considered.
- Fill the application form, here..
There are 2 methods to submit your exercise. You can choose one of these.
Method 1: Make a video, looking into the camera and articulating your experiences, specifically as per the requirements of the exercise. The video has to be at least 3 minutes long. You can share this video on WhatsApp with Bindu on 8626990663.
Method 2: Write a 500-word essay as a response to one of the exercises.
Please note that we will not be assessing the exercise on the basis of language, grammar or efficacy of presentation. We are interested in your reflections, interpretations, and analysis of social realities.
Exercise 1: Identify one person in your neighbourhood who works in the unorganised sector. Speak with them about their life, the nature of their work, wages, family, the living conditions of their family, and so on. Find out about their background – caste, region, class and other socio-cultural markers. Share with your reflections on their life and working conditions, and if and/or how it could be changed for the better in your opinion?
Exercise 2: Follow the garbage trail from your home to the final place that it rests. Locate one person in the life-cycle who manages the garbage, and speak to them about the nature of their work, their wages, their family and who else earns in their family, the living conditions in their family and so on. Provide a description of the garbage trail and any insights you obtained from it. Share your reflections on their life and working conditions, and if and/or how it could be changed for the better?
Exercise 3: Visit a government school in your neighbourhood. Interview students and teachers about their experiences at school. Get their views on the current education system in the country. Observe the working conditions, the general infrastructure, and the general atmosphere in the school. Do a comparison with the kind of school you attended. What do you think ails ‘education’ today and what could be done to change things around?
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