After having successfully worked in the software industry for 15 years, Aparna Athreya was involved in a lot of CSR related work. She received several opportunities to work with kids and gradually the techie developed a deep passion for working with children. She says, “I loved it so much that I was in two minds, contemplating whether to continue in the industry that I was successful in or to work in an industry that my heart desired.” The moment of clarity for Aparna was when she along with her daughter were sitting in an ashram, in front of her mother’s shrine, in Pondicherry, when Aparna says that she almost heard a whisper, “Mother loves children too, you must do something for them.” Instantaneously, she turned around and left.
I loved it so much that I was in two minds, contemplating whether to continue in the industry that I was successful in or to work in an industry that my heart desired.”
It was then that Aparna founded ‘Kid and Parent Foundation’ (KPF); a foundation that helps children and adults grow by using powerful and creative mediums of expression; mediums such as Storytelling, Music, Movement, Art, Theater and Creative Language. KPF now offers education services across several schools, universities, and corporations to help build a positive eco-system between the child, parent and the educator. However, she believes that the child is still the prime focus and the hero of their organization.
I must say that I have met remarkable educational leaders who are spearheading educational transformation in our country.”
Polishing the system
It wasn’t an easy task for the entrepreneur to build the organization, though. The most difficult part, according to Aparna, was the fact that the system wouldn’t accept the challenges they currently faced and if they’re willing to change and polish the system. Having said that, she adds, “I must say that I have met remarkable educational leaders who are spearheading educational transformation in our country.” Another perception that Aparna wanted to change was the perception of education to be a highly organized, serious and somber affair. In her opinion, learning should be creative, and thought-driven. She believes that the educator should be able to infuse joyful learning and create happiness in the classroom.
Passing on wisdom
The bold, courageous entrepreneur has leaped out of her comfort zone and benefitted society immensely. She says that the most crucial thing that an entrepreneur needs to know the answer to is “How am I going to make this world a better place?”. An answer to this clubbed with a clear awareness of self will take one on the journey that promises to be happy, challenging, difficult, exhilarating and transformational, Aparna says.