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 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 […]

Janwaar Castle paw#2

Janwaar Castle paw#2

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories, Social Impact | No Comments

This is our second edition of Janwaar Castle paw#2 – the newspaper of the first skatepark in rural India.  

Karan might have found his passion

Karan might have found his passion

Karan is a 16 year old boy in Janwaar. He has finished school in Panna (10th grade) and is now taking care of the family’s buffalos. That would be is future: buffalos and agriculture. He came to the skatepark in the beginning and then somehow he dropped out because we addressed more the smaller kids. […]

The Farmers – What about us?

The Farmers – What about us?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Blog, Social Impact | No Comments

Suicide rates among farmers are the highest in the country (India) – maybe only topped by the age group of the 16-24 year old male students. While the students very often cannot stand any longer the social and family pressure to become an engineer or a government employee in order to “pay back” to the […]

A village bursted into life

A village bursted into life

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog, Social Impact | One Comment

“This is the first time that kids themselves change the scope of a rural village in India, in an area – Bundelkhand – which is known for its resistance to change and its tremendous poverty. I’ve never seen a village changing so fast!” said Mehmood Khan when he returned to Janwaar after nine months last […]

Girls first!

Girls first!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Social Impact | No Comments

We only have a few rules at Janwaar Castle and the most important one is “Girls first!” And this applies for everything we do. And the boys accept it! Why do we have this rule? Our experience with our hole in the wall learning stations in Khajuraho taught us, that boys will always push the […]

Janwaar Castle T-Shirts

Janwaar Castle T-Shirts

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog, Maker Space, Social Impact | No Comments

Over the last few weeks the idea came up to start a “Janwaar Castle Rural Street Wear” fashion line. This will be a longer way to go – but we’ve started to walk down this path. Bea, our designer, has already did the first sketches (scribbles) 😉 For now we focussed to get some Janwaar […]

Plant a Tree

Plant a Tree

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, Social Impact | No Comments

100 trees from 100 countries for education – that’s the plan. We plant the trees on some land in Janwar. For the kids of Janwar. We only plant indigenous trees and we will look for some diversity – we will have some fruit trees (much earlier to use), maybe some bamboo. After a few years […]