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What is a Nook?

What is a Nook?


”Nooks” are educational centers for self-determined learning, or – in short – “schools without teachers”. They enable the members of a local community to carry out their own learning projects based on individual interests and needs.



Nooks can be created in almost any community, but they have the most impact in communities that face marginalization or poverty or both. You know such a place and feel a nook could make a difference? Then let’s begin

Submit Request

Tell us everything about the community and why you think a Nook is what it needs?   Click the “fill the form” button and the process will begin.

First Discussion

After receiving the form data we will contact you within a week, and schedule a Skype or phone call with you to have a primary discussion about the project and discuss in more detail.

Design Project

In this stage, if so far you and we are comfortable with the possibility of creating the Nook, then together we will design the project including the budgets, timelines etc. If it is feasible, we will also do a field visit, and interact with the community.

Begin Project

At this point, the 12-month long process begins, in co-creating the nook together with you and the community.

Nook's creation Process

It takes 12 months to create a Nook. The steps are as follows

Step 1 : PREP

Partnership building and Community introduction. In this phase, we try to understand in depth about the issues of the community and try to listen to their stories. We also talk about the Nook and ask them what they would use it for. It is also the time for arranging for the physical space, purchasing materials and tools, etc. to make the community and space ready for the nook.

Step 2 : IGNITE

Nook Setup, Induction and Cycle 1. In this phase a DEFY team member will arrive at the location and stay for a month, conducting the induction program, to introduce self-learning and self-governance. It is also an important training phase for the first Admin of the Nook.

Step 3 : SUPPORT

A learning culture, early impact and Cycle 2. The DEFY team member will return. From this point until the end of the project, another DEFY team member will stay in constant touch with the Admin and the community, and help the learner progress forward and create their own learnings. This period will involve a lot of learnings for the Admin.


Connect with the world, maintain the learning routine and culture. This will be a repetition of the cycle and a way for the community to practice using and managing the space. We will now take a smaller role and help only when challenges come, and let the community lead


Community takeover. DEFY will step out of the project, ensuring that the community completely owns the Nook and is able to manage it, and will not need any help from DEFY anymore.

What does a nook need?

Nook has 6 primary components

Physical Space


Tools and Materials




Physical Space

Physical spaces in the targeted location/community. Each nook is required to have at least about 1000 Sq. Ft physically divided into sections or It may even be a 2 or 3 bedroom house. One section will comprise of workstations, one section for tools, one section for consumables, one section for material and junk items And one section for the finished goods. The physical space’s attributes would be easy to approach with furniture and all basic amenities (like electricity, water, washrooms and power backup).

Tools and Stationaries

A nook begins with a basic set of tools that we recommend, that includes simple hand tools like screwdrivers, saws, hand-drill, etc., electronic components and programming boards, art and craft tools like glue guns etc. and basic stationary. A lot of usable trash and junk is collected, taken apart, categorized and stored as making material.


Laptops are among the most important tools of the nook. We recommend 10 laptops for a nook user-base of 50-60 individuals. Laptops, at the minimum, should not be more than 3 years old and should be able to use Internet and function satisfactorily.


It takes about 12,00,000 INR or 18000 US Dollars to create the Nook and run it for the first year. It is important to start with at least this much ready finance so that the Nook does not have to stop in between. Post year 1, the annual.cost of running the Nook comes down to a third. About 4,00,000 INR or 6000 US dollars. The average monthly running cost of a Nook is about 30000 rupees or approx 500 US Dollars.


This is another important access tool. A nook should have the best possible and feasible internet connection. However, we understand that some places may not have internet and there may be solutions for that.


A community or group of people that will benefit from the Nook

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