This research project will map two educational interventions with an explicit commitment to social justice- Baduku Center for Livelihood Learning and Visthaar- A Non Formal Academy for Peace and Justice. This mapping hopes to fill the gap in understanding alternative educational interventions in India, particularly those that cater to the socially marginalized. Both these interventions, based in Bengaluru, traverse the interstices between formal and non-formal, offer a range of courses to equip socially marginalized youth to find meaningful livelihood opportunities. They also aim to create transformative educational spaces through innovative pedagogy, and a sharp attention to inclusion in designing administrative, academic and cultural environments. The project emerges from the reflections of researchers who are also critical educators at one of the learning sites- Baduku, which has striven to fuse a liberal social education with marketable skills for youth, within professions that hold potential for social change. Adopting a participatory feminist framework, and reflexively recongising that the researchers here play the role of “critical insiders”, this project will document the various processes, potentials and limits of these intervention. Understanding these interventions will be important in collectively framing new pathways for social justice in and through education.
Key Words: Educational Design, Transformation, Ecological and Social Justice
Ecological Justice, Higher Education