Punarchith (‘Re-Think’) is a collective that focuses on evolving alternative perspectives and activities related to education, environment, democracy, and society. It seeks pathways and perspectives that would lead to ideas and learning for an equitable and just society. Its foundational premise is to evolve and engage with ideas that are suitable for everyday life in rural India.
Based in Nagavalli village (Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka) 72 kilometers from Mysuru city, the group has conducted several workshops for rural youth and action-research on trends in the area. Although the flagship programme is the ‘Integrated Learning Programme’, PUNARCHITH members engage in academic, out-reach and advocacy activities related to education, agriculture, rural well-being, social trends, and democracy. PUNARCHITH also has programmes for children, women and agriculturists.
In addition to these activities we plan to develop programmes and activities that relate to supporting alternative ideas in education/learning, agriculture and ecology, construction/architecture, health, and a range of issues. Currently, the key challenges the team faces are in fostering and disseminating ideas related to social and economic equality, land and natural resource conservation, active citizenship, alternative livelihoods, and developing a collective among rural youth.