Today, the sun shone a little differently at The Shriram Millennium School, Gurugram. This was because a scientist who nurtures innovation graced the school during the STEAM Conclave organized by ShrI Educare Limited at the school’s campus. This esteemed guest of honour at the event was none other than Mr. Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Phunsukh Wangdu!
Questioning the relevance and meaningfulness of an education system that failed almost a 100% of its students in a region, he realized that it was not the students who were “failures” but the education system that had failed! This gave rise to his motivation to found SECMOL – the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, which aims to make education meaningful, fun and practical.
His students run the school themselves, holding parliamentary sessions to brain storm, tend nurseries to grow produce for their kitchens, use germ theory for jam making and preservation, design their buildings (for school and living quarters) by studying the movement of the Earth and the direction of the Sun’s rays at different times of the year.
A great advocate of sustainable living, he believes in using natural resources such as wind, water and the sun, to generate power. From here was born the innovative idea of preserving winter water by freezing it into what he calls “Ice Stupas” and using them for irrigation during the dry summer months.
Brief thought the session was, the delegates and guests in the audience were enthralled and enriched with new ideas. We now look forward to being part of his worldwide movement #livesimply which kicks off with the support of UN on the 15th of December at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.