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SECMOL - Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh
What is SECMOL?

SECMOL - The Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh

The Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) was founded in 1988 by a group of young Ladakhis to reform the educational system of Ladakh. Over the years our activities have been varied, and are now mainly focused on activities for Ladakhi youth.

Film 9 min. Alternative Education at SECMOL. By volunteers Michelle Perreault and Sébastien Perron of SÄDÄGI, shot in 2009.

Film 1 hour 12 Years of SECMOL

5 min. SECMOL founder Sonam Wangchuk explains The Three H's of Education: Bright Head, Skilled Hands and Kind Heart.

SECMOL's activities

Secmol Campus Phey SECMOL Campus at Phey »
SECMOL Campus is near the village of Phey, 18 km from Leh. The solar heated campus is home to about 40 students from remote villages.
Solar Energy Solar energy »
SECMOL Campus in Phey is completely solar-powered and heated.
Summer Camps Youth camps »
SECMOL's annual youth camps are enormously popular among rural students. They learn Ladakhi history and geography, English, and solar energy, alongside Ladakhi dancing and games, etc.

Volunteering »
SECMOL usually has a few volunteers, both domestic and international, helping with English practice, ice hockey, and more.

Around Ladakh with Students Ecotourism - Around Ladakh with Students »
SECMOL's eco-friendly travel agency specialises in cultural exchange for student groups, organising interactions with Ladakhi students, homestays, monastery and historical visits, and mountain treks.
Melong Publications SECMOL publications »
SECMOL and its sister concern Melong Publications publish books about Ladakhi language and food, children's stories, and school books and teaching materials designed specially for Ladakh.
Education Reforms Education reforms in Ladakh »
One of SECMOL's main objectives has always been to improve the education system. From 1994 to 2007, we collaborated with the local government in a massive movement to improve education in Leh District.

A few words about Ladakh

Ladakh, the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir state of India, is a high-altitude desert on the upper reaches of the Indus River. Until recently a somewhat isolated rural society, Ladakh has seen enormous and sudden changes since the 1960s, when the Indian government started having an impact on local life through defence and development activities such as schools, army, airport, highways, offices, and subsidies. The region opened to tourism in 1974 and became popular for trekkers visitors to ancient Buddhist monasteries, and since 2005 has seen large numbers of domestic tourists too.

Ladakh - Indus Valley