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A crash course in changing the world.

Imagine a world where children create and implement ideas that can have life changing results. I am not talking of teens nearing adulthood....I am talking about 6-7 year olds, maybe even younger.

Open the following link in a new window and watch the video:

Kiran Bir Sethi is one inspirational woman. her entire message is summarized into the words


She started a school in India where through teaching kids with a hands on approach, she has empowered them to make change in their lives. After seeing her success with just 200 kids at her school, she decided to up the ante and teach the same message to an entire city in India, resulting in 30,000 people hearing her message and bringing about change. her efforts have not stopped there. With the help of her students, they designed a tool kit to effect change across all of India with her latest achievement, with kids stopping child marriages, teaching their parents to read and much more. The video tell the basics.

Upon further research, Kiran Bir Sethi is being asked to speak all over the globe, helping to inspire an entire generation of children to effect change in their communities. She was elected in 2008 as an Ashoka Fellow, a great honor and testament to the wonderful work she is doing. ( http://www.ashoka.org/kbirsethi )

From the Ashoka website:
"Kiran has developed an innovative educational environment at Riverside School that focuses on “nurturing a spirit of curiosity
and…opportunities for exploration in a safe space within the spirit of
community.” Riverside offers a curriculum and experiences of engagement
with the city that enables children to better understand their skills,
potential, and responsibilities as citizens. Kiran is also developing
social intervention initiatives in the city, community quality-of-life
and after-school programs to provide a wide array of activities
(cultural, instructional, and recreational) to synchronize with the
regular school curriculum.

Children at Riverside and as part of Kiran’s A Protagonist in every
Child (aProCh) campaign learn how to be protagonists in their
environment, to exercise full citizenship, and to find affirmation for
their needs and ideas. Kiran promotes children’s rights to move
independently and safely from home, choose their friends, and
experiment. With the assumption that a child-friendly, welcoming society
breeds socially-oriented, responsible caring citizens, Kiran has
created systems of learning, campaigns, and initiatives that enable
children to socially interact in their community. Her curriculum in the
classroom hones individual potential which, paired with the experience
of engaging their city and community, prepares them to become active
stakeholders in society. Kiran believes by making children visible and
active members of communities, they will later understand the importance
of citizenship as adults."

Kirans blog can be found here:


Her school can be found here:


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Comment by Amanda Jeffrey on March 5, 2010 at 8:13pm
Fantastic stuff - a very inspirational woman who's doing amazing things. Us grown ups are too often stuck in our ways - institutionalized in our ways of helplessness. Getting in there early and teaching children they can be the difference is so important.
Excellent entry to the game!
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 8, 2010 at 3:39am
Thanks :-) I was so inspired by her video that I sent it off to my son's school principal, his teacher and last years teacher. I think her vision could really help not only they educational system, but also get all of our kids involved in finding solutions and realizing that they can make a difference.
Comment by Jenn on March 8, 2010 at 4:15am
That little girl leading the auction was priceless. Thanks for posting this, the video made me tear up. :)
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 8, 2010 at 4:24am
It did to me too....just amazing!


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