"A lot of the lessons that happen in schools are left open-ended and unfinished. Students don't know why what they're learning is important . . . Let's just chuck the whole thing out and start from a completely fresh template."
Ashoka is the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs. In 2008, the pioneering educator Kiran became one of the nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows ~ global innovation leaders whose work the organization supports + promotes.
Kiran founded Ahmedabad's Riverside School in 2001. Inspired create a new kind of learning experience for her sons, she started with just 27 students ~ including her eldest child Raag. Today, the K-12 school has a student body of about 400, and the institution has led the way in teacher training, local initiatives to forge kid-friendly spaces + policies and international kid empowerment programs. Critics were skeptical of Kiran's practical, hands-on lesson plans ~ like designing new trash bins for municipal parks or audio tours for the city zoo ~ but her students regularly outperform the top 10 schools in India.