Akshara is the local impact initiative of UWC Mahindra College. Since 2005, Akshara has provided youth in the communities around the College with educational support and access to opportunity to help them achieve independence and find employment in vocational and professional fields. Today, Akshara serves more than 500 people in seven villages in a range of age groups.
The UWC Project based diploma allows students to create their own unique project driven by the student’s personal interests and skills. This option is meant only for the strongest students who wish to focus on a particular subject and develop research and hands-on skills required for the completion of the project within two years.
You will explore issues of individual and cultural differences of pluralism, relativism and universal truth. It will ask questions about the connection of knowledge to various aspects of the real world- eg. Identity, difference, power, conflict and change. This is a mandatory course for everyone to graduate and replaces the IB’s Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.
On-going watershed restoration projects, fire mitigation and soil conservation efforts are taking place in an effort to sustainably manage our soil and water resources. All students and faculty participate in the efforts through “satat” activities- whether digging trenches, building water retention dams or pulling invasive plant species throughout the campus. Solar and biodiesel energy systems are being explored to provide sustainable energy sources for our needs. It is our hope that our efforts to tackle environmental degradation and reduce our carbon footprint may serve as a model for others in the Western Ghats and around the world.
In partnership with the Gomukh Farming Cooperative, students have established an on-campus organic farm which provides them with the opportunity to learn about sustainable food production and soil management. When available, produce is served at the Cafeteria, sold at the weekly Organic Farmer’s market or used by students and faculty for community cooking events.
A social entreprise that has been setup by Alisha Fredriksson while she was a student, Seema empowers women and children from local villages through jewellery-making, personal development and community collaboration. The collection is sold to an international market with all of the profits devoted to the artisans and their families.