Location: Leh, India
Project partners: SEEDS-India, Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), ARUP, INTACH (Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage), LAMO (Ladakh Arts & Media Organisation), SECMOL (The Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), Tibet Heritage Fund
Activities: Socio Technical Support
Team: L. Schofi eld, L. Thomas, K. Johnson & S. Ernst
ASF-UK has worked in India with a range of partners, focusing on resilience with community and education settings.
In 2011, ASF-UK ran a workshop to explore strategies for improving the safety and sustainability of the existing school buildings, experimenting with tradition, salvaged and modern materials to promote their appropriate use amongst the local community. Following the 2010 floods in Ladakh, Leh Girls School were still using inadequate infrastructure a year later. The workshop created a display and seating area to promote appropriate building materials (one week). Over the next 2 months, design proposals were proposed to replace the school toilet block, which had been damaged in the 2010 floods, and long terms goals included proposals to make the school safer and more sustainable. This was focused on the upgrading of classrooms, hall and canteen buildings. Interactive exercises with the school children and teachers created an understanding of how the learning environment could be improved, in addition to field trips and tradition building studies. Following this, prototypes were constructed to develop strategies for longer term improvements.
2 week ‘Learning in Leh’ workshop