Janwaar Castle is a learning camp with a skatepark at its core. It's a social experiment and the goal is to transform the village of Janwaar into a wealthier and more prosperous place.

“Schooling without learning is a wasted opportunity,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

“Schooling without learning is a wasted opportunity,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

The world is racing forward with innovation and it has never been more important to get the next generation ready for the future. Not only because they could embrace it but also because they will lead it to greater heights. However, at this point, we are far from achieving that goal. Especially, when it comes to […]

Raja Mouja 2018, Odisha: innovation by Artiosys Ventures on display

Raja Mouja 2018, Odisha: innovation by Artiosys Ventures on display

Among various facets of the rich culture of Odisha, is Raja festival – a three-day long festival that celebrates the power of fertility = both of Mother Earth and young women. For three days every year, the females are given a break from the daily household chores and instead of cooking in the kitchen they […]

Janwaar Castle featured in Swedish magazine, Sydasien

Janwaar Castle featured in Swedish magazine, Sydasien

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

The story of Janwaar Castle and its barefoot skateboarders featured on Sydasien, a Swedish publication. Given below is the English version of the article, published with due consent of the publication – The project Janwaar Castle tries to break social patterns in traditional Indian society. They gather children from all caste and community groups in […]

Mandala Model School: the base concept

Mandala Model School: the base concept

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

For the lack of better words we say that we are a bunch of collaborators (including you) who believe that all world problems stem out of the lack of the following: Curiosity Concentration Courage Confidence common sense Character Creativity Resourcefulness, to name a few. We, therefore, started a social experiment out of a regular village […]

Janwaar Castle at Pan IIM World Management Conference 2017, IIM Lucknow

Janwaar Castle at Pan IIM World Management Conference 2017, IIM Lucknow

From December 14 to 16, the conference’s esteemed audience (government representatives, research scholars, thought leaders, to name a few) took a moment and heard the tale of Janwaar Castle. Leaving the exhibition stall, the attendees were in awe of the purpose and founding principles of Janwaar Castle. Some even expressing their interest to contribute to […]

Learning over education will prepare today’s children for the ‘Imagination Age’

Learning over education will prepare today’s children for the ‘Imagination Age’

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Beyond Janwar Castle | No Comments

The times are changing swiftly, but why are we still schooling our children like we did in the 19th century? It is high time that we focus on learning over mere education. In a recent article for FEE, M.Ed in Education Policy from Harvard and advocate of self-directed education, Kenny McDonald, quipped how “we have left […]

Creativity knows no bounds and it should not

Creativity knows no bounds and it should not

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

The definition of creativity has remained relative to this day. Everyone has a new version to share. Essentially, it is to notice something special in the ordinary and make the world take notice of it. Our opinions might differ on this statement. However, children somehow make us believe in it. Their creativity knows no bounds […]

The Barefoot Skateboarders Tour Europe

The Barefoot Skateboarders Tour Europe

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

Skateboarding is Olympic and we want to go! The home of the Barefoot Skateboarders is Janwaar Castle – the first skatepark in rural India. Located in the village of Janwaar, it’s become a beacon for change through skateboarding the whole world over. Last November, Janwaar Castle hosted its first Skateboarding Challenge for kids (4-16 years […]

I believe I can fly!

I believe I can fly!

Asha is a seventeen-year-old Adivasi girl. She left school before completing 11th grade. Most of her time she used to spend helping her mother at home or her father in the fields. The skatepark has turned her life upside down. It all started in June 2015 when we had our first summer camp. Vivek, a […]

Steadfastness

Steadfastness

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | One Comment

Text and photos by Cassie Broadwin. Cassie was with us for a bit more than a week … ——————————- If I were to pinpoint one thing that I learned from my time with the kids of Janwaar Castle, it would be this: steadfastness; an approach to everyday life that I had previously not held so […]