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The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl's School - Part of The GYAAN Center

JAISALMER, INDIA


Constructed with hand cut local sandstone, The Rani Ratnavati Girls’ School will address the need to educate girls and empower women from the neighboring villages in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The oval forms were employed to reflect the curvilinear shapes of the local forts and also universal symbols of female strength. Architectural Digest India had featured RR School on its December 2020 issue and at the same time they had announced it Building of the Year! 

Project completed for the non-profit Citta Foundation CITTA.org.

 

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The GYAAN Center

JAISALMER, INDIA


The Gyaan Center is a complex of three buildings: The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl's School, The Medha (performance and art exhibition space/ library/ museum) and The Women's Cooperative (embroidery, weaving and marketplace). While girls are receiving an education at the Girls School, local artisans will teach mothers and other women weaving and embroidery techniques from the Jaisalmer region that are on the verge of being forgotten and lost. These lessons will preserve and enhance traditional techniques while establishing economic independence for the women, their families, and their communities. The education, independence, and empowerment women gain at The GYAAN Center will, in turn, incentivize families to educate their daughters in the future, bringing the benefit of the center full circle. Hopefully, by giving economic value to the regional women in poverty, we can also help lower the alarmingly high female infanticide rates plaguing the region.

 

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