An E-base is an open and creative learning space for the community(kids) to learn about environmental conservation and drive change through activism and ownership. E-base Kodagu aims to serve as a hub to empower children to become guardians of their natural heritage and address various local issues such as man-animal conflict prevalent in the area, protecting the Kaveri river, water conservation and native tree preservation. The E-base runs a Fellowship Program twice a year, bringing bright, young, motivated individuals to work with the children and build a curriculum on sustainability while imparting life skills to the kids.
Who We Are
THE HISTORY OF E-BASE
Robert Swan, OBE, established the first E-base in Antarctica in 2008. He is the first man to have walked, unassisted, to both the North and the South Pole, and has served as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador. Since Antarctica, there have been three E-bases established in- Pench, Madhya Pradesh; Leh, Ladakh and Blue Ridge Mountains, USA; all with the common objective to educate and learn about global climate issues, while addressing the local sustainability challenges. E-base Kodagu in Karnataka is the 5th such E-base in the world, continuing the legacy of Sir Robert Swan.
An epitome of sustainability, E-base Kodagu is being established at Titimati Ashram School, a residential government school for tribal children. With a strength of 250 children and a potential to reach out to over 500 children in the neighborhood, it gives the Fellow a multi-dimensional canvas to teach and explore. Nestled in the lush western ghats, surrounded by coffee plantations, elephant corridors and forests alike, Titimati is not far from the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. A green and resilient building, made of clay bricks, local stones, Mangalore tiles and locally woven bamboo, the E-base is an embodiment of responsible and sustainable living. It integrates rainwater harvesting technology, organic farming, and clean energy.
The E-base Fellowship is a 5-month program which places the Fellow at a local tribal Ashram School, enabling the Fellow to understand and internalize the grassroots level challenges pertaining to development, education, man-animal conflicts, local governance, forests etc. The Fellow will have a fixed budget to procure resources deemed necessary for conducting the sessions. However, the Fellow is expected to innovate and work frugally to optimize available resources.
What It Takes
IS THIS YOU?
ADDITIONAL AWESOMENESS WE WON’T SAY NO TO
DO WE THINK ALIKE?
E-Base Kodagu is different from a traditional classroom as it encourages practical hands-on learning, identifies and hones each child’s unique talents, appreciates the science in nature, serves as an open forum for discussions where critical thinking is rewarded and most of all- makes learning FUN!
Some of the RULES at the E-base include: ask as many questions as possible, collaboration is better than competition, make and play with paper planes as long as you recycle the same, marks don’t define you… As a fellow you get to make up more such rules as you go along.
Work With Us
As not just a teacher but a mentor and a role model for 250 kids who are eager to learn with you. As a ‘window to the world’ for the students and create multiple such windows with the help of internet, storytelling, and digital tools. Embrace the sustainable lifestyle you preach in the classroom as you live a minimalistic lifestyle and share their world.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TO
Apart from living in a paradise hill station?