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School without walls - Join our Wi-mesh Project

Tamarind Tree in collaboration with Nomad will use the 2. 4/5.8 Ghz  de-licensed spectrum to seed a  wireless network in an ad hoc mode to create a wi-fi mesh targeted at extending the school's digital educational resources to the homes of the first generation tribal learners in the rural area of Dahanu Taluka, Maharashtra.

Our experience suggest that one of the critical barriers to learning is a non conducive environment at home. Moreover, the reality is that a school is not in a position to change the social environment within the homes, given the historic realities of poverty, illiteracy and oppression. The challenge then is to attempt at creating an environment that enables and facilitates learning for the first generation learner at all times. This can be done with the involvement of the parents and capacity building of the community as a whole. We believe this is the only path in transforming the tribal child's life through the tool of education.

In these efforts, the school, in collaboration with Nomad will use the 2. 4/5.8 Ghz  de-licensed spectrum to seed a  wireless network to create a wi-fi mesh targeted at extending the school educational resources to the homes of the first generation tribal learners in the rural area of Dahanu Taluka, Maharashtra. Simultaneously the school will develop much needed contextual learning resources for the primary levels.

As a primary node the school will maintain e-learning servers on moodle, a video distribution platform to support e-learning,  an Icecast server for  community radio, and an Asterisk server for free telephony, among students , teachers and parents. All of this content will be delivered to the children through community trained teachers during school hours and then at home. The children will procure digital devices like netbooks/tablets/laptops to receive all the content in the network.

We are looking for people to partner with us in this venture - to help in setting up the network, provide training to local youth and maintain the servers in the primary node.

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Towards Equity

How do we change values? How does transformation happen? Is social change possible? Where does it start? These are some of the many questions and discussions we have here at Tamarind Tree where we have created a space - for critical thinking - of ourselves, of our relationships with each other, the community around and the society at large. How do we as individuals internalise values that we stand for? Can we bring equity within this small community? Do we really believe in equity? What will happen if there is equity - of age, of gender, of class?

Join us in this journey.