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I did my primary schooling in England before moving to Australia, where I acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Melbourne’s, Victoria College. In 1991, I came to India on a year-long sabbatical from college. While connecting with my roots, I landed up taking a teaching stint at a prestigious heritage school in suburban Mumbai, an experience which changed my life and led to a burning question “How can I bring back the joy of childhood for the children in India?” Back then, the education system in India was still grappling with a strait jacketed approach to education. It was was robbing children of their childhood.
I was appalled by a lacklustre system of education that upheld only the high-flyers. Crammed classrooms, disinterested students, over-stressed parents inspired me to work on a model of education that is fulfilling, effective and yet stress-free. My conviction to offer an education which sets the child as its centre began with a preschool in Bandra (Mumbai) in the year 1993 with 25 students. The journey from one Kangaroo Kids Preschool to a network of Kangaroo Kids Preschools and Billabong High International Schools across 40+ different cities in India as well as in Dubai, Maldives and Qatar has been an awesome journey supported by parents, education partners as well as a lot of dedicated, passionate and determined individuals at the school and central team level.
Humans have caused enough harm to the environment and we are paying a heavy price for it. To halt the damage, we really need to rope in the younger generation who will inherit the planet.
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