Siddharth Village EDE led by THREAD guided a group of international participants in an intense self-discovery process while providing a variety of hands-on activities. In the ecological design week participants were introduced to permaculture ethics and principles, nutrition cycle, food security, seed saving, water harvesting, soil composition, nature's patterns and zoning. Students learned how to make biochar to moisture dry soils and how to apply different types of compost such as liquid manure, fish tonic and compost pile to improve production and repel insects. Students were introduced to traditional ways to construct with mud bricks, and built two domes as a space for celebrations and community sharing.
Back to Basics Design Education India: Annual Report
Back to Basics Design Education course, a pilot project first started in India begun at Siddharth Village School in 2014. The most recent BBDE included 59 students and emphasised experimential learning. The programme enables children to face different situations in particular during teenage years and prepares them for future challenges. This report gives an account of the programmes running between 16 of June 2015 until 31st of March 2016.
This course was intended to be an experimental program to promote sustainable living in the fields of organic food production, holistic health, building green, conflict facilitation, communication and networking, and sustainable economy in Myanmar society. The EDE introductory course was organised by Alinein Organization (House of Wisdom) at Hmawbi Township. The teaching team were from Gaia Sustainable Management Institute (GSMI),and the exchange program under Kalyana Mitta Foundation. The course had 19 participants in total (6 females, 13 males) coming from different parts of Myanmar, and majority were from the middle part of the country- Hmawbi Township, Yangon Division.
"Back to Basics Design Education" (BBDE) in Siddharth Village School in Orissa, India, was conducted for students between 14 and 16 years old. This pilot project was organised in eight phases through weekend workshops and long holidays. Some of the objectives of the programme included serving the purpose of education for the transition to a comprehensively sustainable culture, to learn about starting a community, organizing a core group, forging a common vision, creating community glue and instilling an atmosphere of trust and goodwill.
Orissa Youth EDE 2013 ran from September 12 to October 11 2013 with 24 youth participants representing 13 tribal women's organisations in Orissa, India. The course was adapted to the culture and understanding of indigenous people and emphasised on hands-on experiences which were plenty. The group developed models of permaculture for an exhibition which even attracted the print and online media of India.
The second part of the 2012 Bangladesh EDE was again organised by BASD and took part in the South of the country in areas deeply vulnerable to climate change. "In the evening we had an opening ceremony. And just as we had begun the training at the other venue in March, we all walked with candles and singing a song through the dark garden of the BBFC centre. We ended the walk in a hall inside, placing the lights in the centre of our group circle. Then everyone, both participants and facilitators, had some minutes each to say hallo, a few words about how they had been since last time we were together and expressing their feelings for the up coming 9 days... In the end we did a very nice ritual with incense and prayer before going to sleep."
Siddharth village in Orissa, India, runs separate EDEs in English and in Oriya, a locally spoken language. This EDE course for 26 indigenous participants of Orissa was organised between 2nd Nov -30th Nov 2012 at the Siddharthvillage Community School of Ecology, Kakirigumma. The course emphasised more on practical taking into consideration of the back ground of the participants. With cosy whether outside and heavy pour, the programme started with its usual rituals of lighting lamp...
On 16th January 2012, Wongsanit Ashram, situated in rural Thailand about 80 kilometers east of Bangkok, welcomed its fifth group of EDE initiates, soon to become a powerful and insightful family of learners and teachers. Organised by Wongsanit Ashram and The Right Livelihood Foundation, Thailand, in partnership with Gaia Education and The Global Ecovillage Network, and under the guidance of Pracha Hutanuwatr, an international team of facilitators nurtured and guided a total of 29 participants through the 7 week programme.
Japan's 2012 EDE, the third to be run in Japan since 2008, was the first EDE organised and hosted by the Konahana Family Ecovillage. Run from 13 January - 11 February, the programme was also Japan's first to be run over a 4 consecutive week period. This comprehensive report covers the course rhythms, what went well, what could have gone better, participant quotes and more.
Bangladesh completed the 2nd part of the country’s first EDE in June 2012. The course was attended by 18 participants who enjoyed the rich and meaningful classes provided by the knowledgable faciliators coordinated by Boniface Gomes. The theory sessions were supported by hands-on practices (including yoga and meditation) and public showings of appropriate videos. The group was also visited by local elders who were kind enough to share their wisdom though stories and songs.
The Wongsanit Ahsram 2009 EDE was held from 5-31 January. The EDE brought together a group of 32 people from different parts of the world. All of them are working towards a paradigm shift that shows itself in many ways in their work, communities and countries. There were representatives from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, India, Macao, USA, Portugal, UK, South Korea, Finland, New Zealand and Italy, many of whom are working in grassroots community projects, and who came together to share the knowledge of the EDE curriculum. From East to West, people with very diverse backgrounds created common values and strengthened the active sustainability network.