Redefining Education for 40 years in India
‘Education must present our children with a gift that offers the wonders of exploratory learning, the confidence that comes from building one’s discovered strengths, the hope that comes from seeing the problems when faced rather than feared; become challenges for creative solutions’, this thought led to the inception of Parisar Asha by Late Gloria Souza, Founder of Parisar Asha.
A teacher by profession and the first Ashoka fellow, she was perturbed by the system of rote learning and was worried about the learning experiences of the children. To address this problem she founded, Parisar Asha (PA), in 1982. She worked towards making PA a state-of-the-art institution which innovated the learning system through a unique pedagogy called, Environmental Studies Approach Towards Learning (ESAL). This unique pedagogy promoted joyful learning along with attitudes, values and 21st century life skills. Over the years this learning system has been adopted by numerous private, govt and tribal schools.
Nine years back Gloria passed on the legacy to Ms. Aarati Savur. Ms. Savur took up the baton of this noble cause quitting her corporate career and since then it has been no looking back. Ms. Savur with her extremely talented team has come up with numerous innovations creating a beautiful synergy between its core ethos and the upcoming technologies in the education world. She was steadfast in the mission of providing ‘quality and affordable’ education to all. Additionally,PA came up with programs addressing the needs of all the stakeholders, students, teachers and parents in order to strengthen the entire process of education.
To name a few of the key programs;Eco-tech World School Program PA’s signature program which works towards providing quality education to children and train the teachers in the latest teaching technologies. This program not only aims at improving literacy and numeracy skills but works towards inculcating attitudes, values and 21st life skills among children. PA also runs a lot of programs in the lines of sustainability like Green Army Program, Eco-tech Green School Program and Eco-Ganpati program. Another program which is the fruit of hard work for over four years is Positive Parenting and Child Program which aims at providing mental health support to help parents, children and youth.
We are honoured and grateful to all our supporters, patrons and our partners like Capgemini, Mahindra Lifespaces, National Oilwell Varco, Rotostat Pvt Ltd, D- Mart, Voltas, Manpower Group Services, Rotostat Pvt Ltd, NPCI, Larsen &Tubro, Metropolitan Clearing Corporation Ltd, Naandi Foundation, Udaan Foundation, Tapidas and VrajdasFoundation , MCGM and Thane Municipal Corporation who entrusted their faith upon us and supported us in all our initiatives.
Time and again Parisar Asha has been recognised for its efforts in the field of education and showered with accolades and honours Certificate of Merit by CSR Congress 2018, Certificate of Merit by Indian Sustainability Leader ship Award 2018, GLOBAL NGO CSR Award for 2016 for Outstanding Contribution in Education for Sustainability, ‘Reimagine Learning Challenge Pacesetter’ title by Lego Foundation and Ashoka Changemaker for 2014-15.
On 1st June’22, PA achieved a significant milestone and celebrated 40 years of its journey in redefining education. This momentous day was observed through a cosy and joyful celebration at Parisar Asha office located at Santa Cruz office among eminent personalities and PA’s old and current family members, patrons and partners.
Mrs. Pratima Shelar graced the occasion with her honourable presence along with Ex- Deputy Mayor Ms.AlkaKerkar. Officials from Rotostat Pvt Ltd, BMC, Times of India, The Hindu and our beloved school principals, teachers and parents joined us in this celebration and encouraged us with our kind words.
On this occasion, Ms. Aarati Savur, CEO of Parisar Asha expressed her gratitude to all our patrons and stakeholders and stated her determination to continue the good work.