The Bodhgaya Initiative seeks to generate processes that engage with multiple heritage of the Bodhgaya region in general and the Buddhist heritage in particular. This is with an aim to create educational and learning curriculum for appreciating the rich Buddhist cultural heritage as well as the vibrant intangible heritage and contemporary cultural practices of local communities. One of the key defining features of such pedagogic initiatives would be to weave together this complex of multiple heritage as representations from past with contemporary challenges of sustainable development of local communities in the present.
- Children Programe
- Ensuring participation and creative engagement of the children through painting.
- Performance of Children's Theatre and Poetry recital on the life and philosophy of Gautama Buddha.
- Showing Documentary and Feature Films for facilitating the teaching and learning on heritage and culture for the children.
- Prize Distribution for the children for the essays, poetry and painting.
The Deshkal Society Internship Programme offers opportunities for learning and educational engagement to Indian and foreign undergraduate, post graduate, research scholars, development practitioners and professionals .The programme is structured for deepening learning and understanding about the heritage sites, practices and challenges of contemporary development of the local communities and innovative models of sustainable development in Bodh Gaya region. The interns are provided special opportunities to create organic linkages and build understanding about the local communities of the region through field visits. The programme looks forward to expanded partnership with universities having departments on India Studies, South Asia Studies, Asian Studies and Buddhist Studies in India and abroad.