How a remote school is challenging the way we look at education

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk set up an alternative high school in Ladakh, where once no one used to clear exams. He set out to prove that it was not the students who were failing but the Indian education system. At his unusual school SECMOL, exam failure is the admission criteria and learning is built into every aspect of life. The school has given India an environmental invention that has caught global attention, and leaders in sport, politics, culture, and entrepreneurship.

  • SECMOL student, Thinlas Chorol, started Ladakh's first travel company run by and for women. Here is a feature on her fascinating journey.
  • There is another Indian who has been developing artificial glaciers, and that too fo the last 30 years! Here is an excellent feature on the work of the 'Ice Man', Chewang Norphel. Note that his design is very different from Ice Stupa.
  • Bridget, a German traveler on a bicycle, wrote a fascinating blog about volunteering at SECMOL. It gives a great peep into life on campus.

Sonam Wangchuk


An educator and innovator, Sonam founded the SECMOL Alternative School in Ladakh that works with local students who struggle for quality education.

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