Learn DIY skills for daily life — from fixing a bike to revamping old furniture at this school with a difference
Kaushik Bajibab (29) Founder, Wishbone School
If you’ve ever mourned the lack of real-life skills your “Socially Useful Productive Work” (SUPW) class taught in school, you’ll love the Wishbone School’s DIY tutorials. Learn to fix a bicycle, revamp old furniture, carpentry, urban farming, terrace gardening, poi, jewellery-making and administering first-aid, among other skills at this six-month-old school.
The founder of travel company Wishbone (2005), Bajibab recounts how, during an outdoor trip to Sakleshpur a year and a half ago, he found that most people lacked basic knowledge to deal with an outdoor or DIY situation. “They didn’t know how to use common tools or even tie a knot right,” he says. “That’s when I realised the need for a platform which could help people cope with an alien situation while nudging them out of their comfort zone.”
The Wishbone School also plans to revive old hobbies and traditions like folk music and dance (Beesu Kamsale, Dollu Kunitha) and traditional art like Madhubani and Warli, in addition to teaching people to develop negatives in a darkroom. The school will also teach music, theatre, martial arts and dance. Have an area of expertise you’re passionate about? You can be a teacher at this school. So far, around 25 teachers have conducted reiki workshops, and even taught children street games like gilli danda.
Bajibab set up the JP Nagar office with around Rs 3 lakh, his savings from wishbone. In the pipeline are a first-aid workshop for children by Gaurav J, an outdoor-certified first aid instructor, a carpentry workshop by Greg Barreto, and a photography workshop by Hellmuth Conz. The workshops are open to anyone above the age of four, across the city.