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We create professions out of social needs.

Every individual has a need for a meaningful, rewarding, and dignified livelihood. Young people are no exception! Often disadvantaged youth find themselves relegated to low level jobs in call centres or service industries. 

Through our courses, youth from marginalised communities have the chance to enter and influence socially critical professions. 

We treat each young person as a unique being with potentials that are waiting to be explored and developed. Baduku creates spaces where students can learn in an atmosphere of stimulation and care. They are continuously challenged to examine their beliefs about themselves and the world around.

They learn new skills to emerge as confident professionals and empowered leaders in society.

students graduated in the last 12 years

More than

of them placed / pursuing higher education in the same field
70 %

From Construction Labourer to District Reporter​

Yamanurappa's Story​

I was born and brought up in a village in Raichur district a very neglected part of North Karnataka. Due to the financial crisis at home, I had to work as a daily wage labourer throughout my School and College days.

Poverty made me a wanderer. I had no idea where I was going when I ended up working on a flyover construction site in Bangalore. I heard of the Journalism course at Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning, for which I did not have to pay. At last, I felt that even I could reach for my dreams!

I completed the six-month course in journalism and entered the Kannada media industry as a trained professional. Today, I am a district reporter for a prominent Kannada Daily, thanks to the continuous encouragement and mentoring from Baduku. It would have been impossible for me to reach this stage without this unique centre.

Learning in Baduku

At Baduku, we reimagine learning to include experiential, participatory and creative pedagogies. Our inter-disciplinary approach integrates self and social awareness with knowledge and technical skills.

Here, learning happens beyond the classroom. Many of our learning events happen on farms, mountain tops, and even over the internet. Interactions based on pluralistic and diverse living experiences in spaces like the hostel, the library, and the lab, enrich the learning process.

Students are placed in professions for which they are trained and are enabled to pursue further education in the area of training. They receive one-on-one mentoring, during and after their courses by our experienced and diversified faculties.

Baduku Centre for Livelihoods Learning offers short and long term courses in seven socially critical professions.

Mental Health Para-Professionals

The course will train youth with an understanding of mental health as a social political issue, and a rigorous understanding of gender and intersectionality. It will equip them with skills to find employment within community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Waste Supply Chain Management

Young people learn to create rewarding and dignified livelihoods in the waste management sector as professionals and entrepreneurs equipped to tackle its social and ecological challenges with an understanding of sustainable development as well as scientific and effective management of waste.

Farmers Field School

The Farmers Field School offers a sustainable agriculture course across different regions of Karnataka. The course will cover structure and organization of agrarian societies, political transitions in the agriculture sector, sustainability approaches, skills for farming and farm management.

Learning Lenses

Students are equipped to transform the field of education through a social justice perspective towards higher education, creative and innovative teaching practices, research skills and career guidance.

Mass Media

Young people gain access to a media education that combines new age skills with well-rounded perspectives on regional, national and global politics, justice, peace, development and social change.

Coaching for Competitive Exams

Students gain a foundation in preparing for state-level and national-level competitive public exams (IAS, KAS, Banking exams, Railways and the like). They are equipped with knowledge about resources and support systems that can enable them to take up these exams and have a fair chance at competing in and clearing them. This paves a way for the students to enter bureaucracy, with a commitment to social justice, and accountability towards the vulnerable.

Early Childhood Care and Education

Through the Early Childhood Care and Education course, students will be equipped with a robust understanding of multiple childhoods, the emotional universe of children, policies related to children and a set of skills to work sensitively and effectively with young children- as caregivers and educators in different settings.

Home-Based Child Care

This course enables participants to understand childhoods, child development and growth- the emotional universe of children as well as their physical and cognitive needs and build a meaningful career in the field of early childhood care in a personalized home-setting.

Fund Raising for Social Impact

Young people will be trained in skills required for effective fund raising for non-profits working in the development sector, including communication, marketing and event management built on an understanding of the society, the social issues prevalent today and the means to bring social change.

Scholarships are available for all the above courses.

Since baduku’s journey began in 2009, we have partnered with various academic and research institutions, and other social organizations and we continue looking for collaborations with those who share our vision to partner with young people and contribute to the process of social transformation.

Our Baduku courses are residential and conducted on the Samvada campus having accommodation, food, a computer lab, a library as well as sports and games facilities. Watch the video to learn more!