What does it take to build an educational organisation, that evolves to become among the best CBSE. ICSE & IGCSE schools in India?
A big idea?
A large investment?
A huge support system?
A great deal of conviction?
A love of learning and teaching?
The answer would be - All of it.
The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life, and it wasn’t about money. It was about teaching, or learning. - Maya Lin
Our founder, Ms. Lina Ashar took a big idea, with the help of a seed investment and a great deal of conviction, created a support system of equally passionate people and slowly built her way ahead.
She believed that she could formulate a distinctive way to teach children, and offer parents a creative learning process that engaged all the senses of their child. 'Discover and Learn' was her promise. It was, and still is, the mindset inculcated in students across all ages, and in all schools of Kangaroo Kids Education Limited.
A unique curriculum was designed through which students would exercise their multiple intelligences, and grasp new concepts. Rather then building another generation of good repeaters, the vision was to create a generation of thinkers and innovators.
The first Kangaroo Kids preschool began in 1993, in Bandra, Mumbai. The holistic approach to teaching, as well as the impact of the innovative and fun learning methods on the children, brought in opportunities to set up more play-schools.
Multiple Kangaroo Kids preschool centres were set up subsequently. Parents as well as potential partners wanted a similar learning process once children from Kangaroo Kids would be ready to join ICSE, CBSE or IGCSE schools
Encouraged by its success and confident about making the school a possibility, Ms. Lina Ashar started the first Billabong High International in 2004 – a school for primary, middle and high schoolers. Today it has grown to 27 CBSE, ICSE & IGCSE schools in PAN India and in Maldives.
“We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them.” Jean Jacques Rousseau
At Billabong High, the teachers focus on 'Love to Learn'. The innovative learning ideas adopted enable the children to develop and grow in body, mind and spirit, transforming them into sensitive, sensible and poised little individuals, equipped and ready to face the world.
Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything. A.J. Juliani
Kangaroo Kids, that started with only 13 children over two and a half decades ago in one preschool, has now spread its wings across four countries. With its pioneering teaching process, both creative and practical, it offers the best of both worlds. The curriculum has been based on neuroscience research, and adapted from some of the finest international teaching systems.
The job of the teacher is to inspire, to challenge, to excite their students to want to learn. Yes, they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the point. The most important thing a teacher is make every student feel like they are important, to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning. Derek Alexander Muller
I began my journey back in 2005 and it has been a truly fulfilling experience. I have had the opportunity to take forward Lina Ashar's vision along with my passion for education starting with Kangaroo Kids and progressing to Billabong high international school.
Ms. Jasmine Gandhi
Asma Yasir Nainar is a dynamic and thoughtful education entrepreneur who is currently the Joint Managing Trustee of the Rayyan Educational Trust. Initially, Asma embarked on her professional career as a pastry chef in one of the most established clubs in Doha-Qatar. Though she followed her passion for education by helping set up the Kangaroo Kids Nursery in Doha-Qatar.
Asma Yasir Nainar
“Our intentions create our reality”, these beautiful and most suited words from Wayne Dyer sum up my journey which took off around 15 years ago with KKEL. Hard work, perseverance and immense faith in Lina’s vision and philosophy facilitated to cross all obstacles.
Ms Anita J Dewoolkar is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of expertise in the banking sector. She has strong business ethics, core human values and sharp decision making skills and believes that good education is the foundation for a successful life.
Anita J Dewoolkar
''The teachers gave us confidence. We knew they would impart the right values to our child.”
- Chittesh's Father
''Kangaroo Kids seemed like one of the better schools in my neighbourhood. It turned out to be the best.''
- Aarav''s Mother