Bus of Opportunities:
Educational Services for the Youth
Sneha Aggarwal, Shruti Chakke, Chamba Tsetan, Bhaskar Sen, and Amruta Supate
Affiliated with National Institute of Design Ahmedabad,India
The Bus of Opportunities operates in the region of Changthang in Ladakh and provides a mobile educational service every weekend. Changthang is a region with a harsh climate, so the buses are uniquely designed with wool insulation to suit these climatic conditions and operate throughout the year.
Each weekend, students board the bus and travel to different parts of Changthang to learn about their land, geographically, politically, economically, and culturally. There is a lack of awareness of the opportunities in their own community due to the frequent migration to seek better education. Therefore, the bus serves as a traveling educational medium, helping students identify problems, develop problem-solving and design thinking skills, foster entrepreneurship, and come up with an "idea bank" to develop their own land.
Trained facilitators will also be on board the bus to guide students in raising their awareness. As a result, students' curiosity will be piqued, their knowledge of their land and design perspectives will be developed, and their will to create economically and environmentally sustainable solutions for their communities will be ignited.
In addition, we envision integrating local experts into this journey. As students learn from local experts, they will have the opportunity to reflect on how Changthang's environmentally and economically sustainable technologies and ability to promote local culture and trade can be beneficial to the people of the region.