Renowned Educationist , Innovator and environmentalist. The inspiration for the character Phunsukh Wangdu in Rajkumar Hirani’s iconic Movie Three Idiots.
Sonam Wangchuck Motivational Speaker - Profile
Sonam Wangchuk is the founder of Student's Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh.
While he was doing his Engineering from Srinagar. He understood the hardships faced by the Ladakhi students in the government schools,95% of the students were failing in their matric exams every year.Therefore,after he finished his graduation in 1988, together with some other like-minded people he started SECMOL .After initially starting with coaching classes to help matric students, they soon realized that for a lasting solution they needed to bring reforms in the education system in the village primary schools. So they launched an education reform movement in collaboration with the government.
As an engineer Sonam Wangchuk has been teaching innovation at the SECMOL Alternative School, where together with the students he designed and built solar heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +15 C even when the outside temperature is – 25 C in Ladakhi winters.
In order to solve the water crisis facing mountain regions due to climate change and fast melting glaciers he invented the Ice Stupa artificial glacier which stores the wasting stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or stupas and release the water in late spring as they melt... just when farmers need water.
Sonam Wangchuk has won numerous awards and recognitions , the most laudable are ; the Ramon Magasays Award 2018 and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2016.
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