Pushing the door of the Karkhana Makerspace is like diving in a pool of energy. In the meeting room, a teacher is leading a SCRUM meeting with its team, while some others are preparing the electronics materials for the next workshop to be given. In the open space, a group is writing on the table the road map of the following week.
Karkhana is the creation of 5 passionate makers, who decided first to found a product design company. In 2013, while working on their first project, an automatic vending machine, the founders faced a lack of fabrication skills and resources in Kathmandu. Analyzing the root cause, they noticed the educational system was focusing mostly on theory and rarely on fabrication and concrete projects. Therefore, in 2014, they decided to bring this part of learning to the students, Karkhana makerspace was born.
The main mission of Karkhana is to integrate 21st century skills through hands-on problem based learning methods to kids in Nepal.
For two years they have been developing creative educational content and organizing playful workshops for kids from 8 to 14 years old, in their space and inside schools to make them discover the power of fabrication and creativity. In 2016 they taught 1 400 students every week, and expect to reach +3000 students per week by end 2017!
Karkhana is a for profit private company. They also created a non-profit organization Kharkana Samuha in 2016, to organize workshops for kids who are from disadvantaged groups in the society.