Woodland has always believed in the philosophy of sustainable mountain development and ecology preservation of Higher altitude areas. This led the brand to partner with the Global Himalayan Expedition, an initiative that is focussed towards providing clean energy and education access to remote Himalayan communities. GHE annually brings together adventurers who are willing to go out in the Himalayan wilderness and create a tangible difference to the communities. As an initiative under the Pro-Planet umbrella, Woodland has been instrumental in supporting their vision of providing experiential education and sustainable rural livelihood through setting up of solar homestays and advocating use of adventure gear as means of safety and livelihood for local people.
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Woodland supported Global Himalayan Expedition in setting up the first Education Base (E-base) in Ladakh, powered by solar energy. The Third Pole Educational Base (E-Base) in Ladakh aims at providing quality education along with promoting sustainable practices. The plateau is one of the many places around the world which has been facing grave consequences of climate change. The cloud burst floods of 2010 and the receding glaciers have adverse effects on the environmental conditions of the region which is steadily losing its water resources. E-Base lets children connect from the outside world and know about sustainable practices that could revive their home. The E-base is completely solar powered and has been constructed of renewable materials. The structure was erected with the use of "Rammed Earth" technique which has been practiced by many ancient architects.
The E-Base is located in the Mahabodhi complex in Leh, right next to the Mahabodhi Residential School which is home to students from some of the remotest corners of the Himalayas. The E-Base houses a robotics lab, digital library of documentaries, interactive learning tools, star gazing kit and is capable of connecting to other institutions around the world through video conferencing. The E-Base is located in the Mahabodhi complex in Leh, right next to the Mahabodhi Residential School which is home to students from some of the remotest corners of the Himalayas. The E-Base houses a robotics lab, digital library of documentaries, interactive learning tools, star gazing kit and is capable of connecting to other institutions around the world through video conferencing.
Woodland has its own integrated manufacturing unit and the products are assembled in seven countries under the guidance of experienced manufacturers and industry experts. This allows Woodland to test proprietary production techniques and fully develop and commercialize the innovative products. The varied activities are hardcore, and warrant unrivaled protection across different terrains and climates. That is why, Woodland refuses to compromise on quality or performance for any reason and all of its products meet the highest quality standards for outdoor performance.
In less than two years since it was setup (in August 2013), the E-Base has seen a flurry of activities which have redefined the education scene in Leh. Apart from Woodland, it has a strategic partnership with Ashley School in UK, and the students have benefitted from frequent group Skype sessions with their peers on the other side of the globe. Richard Dunne, the principal of Ashley School and an acclaimed educator, visited the E-Base and conducted training sessions for the teachers on modern educational practices. It is an education center aimed at enabling education and cross-cultural learning across geographies as a way of tackling ecological and global challenges by promoting education in remote corners of the world through interactive learning sessions, enabled by a network of connected partner institutions and sustainable digital learning resources. Over the years Global Himalayan Expedition has taken 65 Impact adventurers from 30 different countries.
Woodland has been now supporting and working together with team Global Himalayan Expedition in creating livelihood opportunities in remote Himalayan villages located above 12000ft. Promoting traditional Homestays for trekkers and tourists is another way of income generation and promotion of sustainable tourism in this area. Global Himalayan Expedition is focussing on their mission to lighten up the valley of Zanskar and impact 20,000 Lives in the year 2016-2017.