What are you leading?
I am presently working as a School Leader at Akanksha Foundation’s Smt. Savitribai Phule English Medium School in Pune. I am currently in my 7th year of school leadership. Our school serves 750 students coming from Pune’s largest slum. I also serve on Teach for India’s National Advisory Board and have recently founded Pune Children’s Zone which aims to positively impact all children in Pune over the next ten years.
How did your experiences as a fellow inspire or prepare you for what you’re doing now?
The fellowship was my first experience with inequity and it taught me how it jeopardizes not just the present but all future outcomes for an individual and the family. It helped me understand the importance of a high quality holistic education in transforming an individual’s opportunities and outcomes in life. The fellowship instilled in me the belief that with consistent effort and rigorous planning – it’s possible. That each child can realize his potential…
I hope to impact many more children through the work that I do. I have recently started a program called the Pune Children’s Zone and hope to impact 14 schools and 500 families this year using my own school as a multiplier. I aspire to impact 100000 children in Pune over the next 10 years.