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Empowering Social Visionaries

 

kanthari in Trivandrum, Kerala, South of India, offers a 7 month leadership program for visionaries who have overcome adversity and who are keen to drive ethical social change. All hands-on practical workshops are conducted by a group of international experts we call catalysts. kanthari fosters participants from all over the world. Some have university degrees while others have little to no formal education. Some are blind or physically disabled, others have no disabilities at all. What is important is a sense of ownership, motivation, creativity, talent and passion to make the world a better place and strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance.

kanthari has been officially accredited by the National Quality Council which is part of the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET). The scope of Accreditation being “leadership for social change” vocational training centre.

 

Why kanthari?

A kanthari is a plant that grows wild in every backyard of Kerala, a small but very spicy chili with a number of medicinal values. A kanthari is also a symbol for those who have the guts to challenge harmful traditions and the status quo, who have fire in their belly and a lot of innovative ideas to make a positive difference. For us a kanthari will become the symbol of a new type of leader – a leader from the margins of society. The “kanthari” chilli comes in five colors, each one is dedicated to a different type of social change agent: kanthari Colors

 
 
Our kanthari graduates cover amongst many other, the following topics:
 

Protection of Environment
– Water shedding
– Food security
– Agriculture
– Waste management
– Animal husbandry / beekeeping
– Forestation
– Seed banks of indigenous plants
– Lake and river protection
– Slum development

 

Human rights
– Domestic Violence
– Sexual harassment
– Peace and conflict management
– tribal conflict
– Interreligious – Intercultural Dialogue
– Female circumcision
– Discrimination
– Killing of Albinos
– HIV and Survivors of epidemic diseases
– Migrant workers
– Good Governance
– Street children
– Sex workers
– Empowerment of women, widows and single mothers
– Empowerment of prisoners
– LBGTQ
– Human rights / Child right
– Superstition
– Investigative Journalism

 
Education
– Alternative education
– Tribal education
– Empowerment of youth through Art, Entrepreneurship training and advocacy
 

Disability
– Empowerment of the blind
– Integration
– Mental health and addiction
– Equality in the working place