Sonam is an educationist, an environmentalist and a social worker. He has been awarded :Man of the Year by the Week Magazine, Ashoka Fellowship by Ashoka, Green Teacher Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine, India Real Heroes Award by CNN IBN Channel, etc. He has recently being declared as one of the finalist prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 for the ambitious Ice Stupa Artificial Glacier Project in Ladakh.
Sonam Wangchuk (born on September 1, 1966 at UleyTokpo, near Alchi, in the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh, India) is an engineer, innovator, and an education reformist. He is the Founding Director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the ‘victims’ of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh. SECMOL strives to rebuild the lost pride and self-confidence of the students of Ladakh through its educational reforms programme. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs completely on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating, even in Ladakhi winters when temperatures fall to minus 25C degrees.
Wangchuk was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a triangular collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system. This movement led to raising the all important 10th grade exam results in the region from 5% success to eventually 75%.
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