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Desert Learning

Deserts cover about 1/5 of the earth’s surface, and continue to expand. Spread over an area approximately 200,000 km2, Thar poses a serious threat to the surrounding agriculturally fertile regions, particularly the flood plains of Indus and Ganga river basins. And for the Thar, even Delhi is not too far. Halting this relentless march of the sands is a daunting challenge.

Challenges apart, deserts are unique ecosystems and beautiful landscapes that have cradled some of the very versatile and diverse human culture. It is no surprise that for those living in a desert, martial valour and human compassion are just two sides of the same coin. Thar, also called the Great Indian Desert, is no exception. The Desert Learning Program seeks to bring young students face to face with the rugged beauty, rich culture and tough realities of a desert. It strives to expose its participants to the physical and intellectual challenges posed by deserts while also respecting their personal limits.

The Deserts Learning Program is conducted by Aravali Foundation for Education (AFE) in close cooperation with its partner organization at Jodhpur and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan).

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