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.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!