In this episode we discuss the importance of pre-school with the CEO of Safari Kid India, Jeetu Karsan. He has over 20 years of experience across the fields of IT, advertising and education. Jeetu is an avid writer on various subjects ranging from education, business to parenting. But above all he is a dad to a 13 year old daughter and an 8 year old son.
Jeetu’s parenting life was the much needed impetus for him to get into the education sector. He was made to choose between his job and marriage, so he quit advertising and took up teaching. And that is when he met somebody from the education sector who started the organisation called Safari Kid in the US and since then there was no looking back.
This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time, he was unhappy with his daughter’s education. She had some learning disabilities and the school couldn’t figure it out and that’s what made his resolve even stronger that children need attention early in their lives, and trusting the right pre-school becomes a priority for all parents.
They started small and didn’t realise which way it will go but wanted to give the best to the kids. After the opening of the first school, things started moving faster than expected, confidence was building and more centres opened up.
Even though choosing the right pre-school is critical, bringing up kids is a partnership between parents and school. The parents have to be involved and you can’t just outsource children to a school and hope they’ll transform into upstanding human beings. And that is why Safari Kid has an open door policy where the parents can come and talk to the relationship manager or the teachers. The core philosophy is that every child is different and that is why their teaching methodology is customised for every student. You can listen to more about this conversation in the episode at the time code 12:06
We also spoke about online learning, Jeetu confidently said that it is not bad, infact WHO also says that up to one hour of screen learning is fine. He continues by stating that we can’t do without gadgets anymore. The fabric of the society has changed, the kids are becoming gadget-ready and it’s very much here to stay. Everything is driven by tech, it has become a part of our lives. He made us realise that this episode recording wouldn’t have been possible without the rise of technology.
In the future AI is going to play an important part but human values will still stand the test of time. Problem solving, EQ and creativity will always be the cornerstone of people that’s what makes us different and that is why it is so important for children to embrace this combination of tech and human values. Listen more on this here 20:14
Ages 0 to 6 is is vital for kids development, the brain grows upto 85% and they will adapt quickly and pick up things. This is the time we must do everything in our power to help the child to embrace learning and that is where a good pre-school comes in. Once the foundation is set it becomes easier for children to gain momentum in higher classes.
Listen to the entire episode to get more details on the foundation of pre-school and online learning in the times of pandemic.
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Safari Kid (Kido) is one of the fastest-growing preschool brands in the world with presence in USA, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and India. Their research-based nursery approach ensures that each Safari Kid is at least one (if not two) grade levels ahead of their peers when they leave for primary school.