Youth Activities at SECMOL Campus, Phey

SECMOL runs residential programmes for young people of Ladakh to learn things and ideas they don't get in conventional schools.

• Foundation Year for youth who failed class 10, dropouts, and those who passed but want an extra year for real learning.

• Hostel facilities for students attending Leh Degree College in Leh town. They stay up to three years, until they finish college.

Short youth camps every year:

• Several 10-day camps for kids at class 10 age.

• Camps for Ladakhis who study outside Ladakh.

Article about Foundation Year in Learning Curve, Azim Premji Foundation: "Creating an enabling learning environment at 12,000 feet: SECMOL Alternative Institute" by Avinash Kumar.

Film 35 min. made by SECMOL Media several years ago about our Youth Camps

Occasional other short camps and courses, including in recent years:

• A Natural Building Apprenticeship about solar design, earth buildings and ecological toilets.

• Traditional Ladakhi music and dance.

• Training for organic farmers about Participatory Guarantee Scheme.

• January camp on archery and ice skating.

Volley ball match

basic English
conversation with volunteers
Ladakhi history and geography
solar energy, health, or nature
Ladakhi language and literacy
painting and educational games
library hour or computer practice time

A daily morning talk is about education problems in Ladakh, current issues, and self development.

Activities include:

song and dance
Ladakhi and English videos
quiz contest
volleyball, cricket, football, or in January, ice skating
games taught by volunteers

Campers and volunteers work for 1 hour daily. This keeps us physically fit and ready for Ladakhi village life, and keeps expenses low for the Ladakhi participants. Ladakhi students pay only basic food costs so that even those from the remotest villages or difficult family situations can afford to come. Ladakhi students pay no fee for teaching, rooms and other facilities at SECMOL. Meditatioin

The day starts with physical exercise, meditation / introspection, and then an inspirational morning talk.

Field Work

Students do one hour of daily work around the campus.

(This page last updated February 2014)