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Never want my child to get into traditional way of studying : Moksha Nagdev Gudwani

Her daughter Arisha Gudwani, is studying in Apeejay School International (ASI), South Delhi. She has been promoted to Grade 2 recently.

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Moksha Nagdev Gudwani  with her daughter Arisha

A resident of South Delhi, Moksha Nagdev Gudwani (35), who is an educator and a psychologist by profession but currently on a break after becoming mother of a second child, spoke about the importance of getting the right schooling. Her husband runs his own company of events and production. They have two children—a 7-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son. Her daughter Arisha is studying at Apeejay School International, South Delhi.

Why did you opt for ASI-South Delhi?
We made Arisha join ASI because of the whole IB criteria and we have trust in Apeejay Education. Firstly, we were looking for an IB school in South Delhi and we found Apeejay School International. Also, one of my younger cousins and a big part of my family has already passed-out from Apeejay School- Panchsheel Park, the CBSE Wing. So, we know the system, the management. We understand how Apeejay works. We have full faith that our child is in safe hands.  

Why an IB school?
My whole idea behind sending my child to an IB school was the fact that I did not want her to get into the traditional way of studying. I wanted her to study the concepts better, apply those concepts that she is studying. She should be more educated and aware. I didn’t want her to be exam-focused. Also, I want her to get ready to communicate with children around the world, which IB promotes. It gives opportunities for foreign exchange programs between students. Extra-curricular activities is another thing where IB is great at.
Also, IB School provides continuous assessment of the student and continuous improvement rather than UTs every Monday.        

When your newborn baby grows up, will you send him to ASI?
As of now Yes. Maybe the same school. Arisha has not been to school even for a single day. As the day she joined, the nationwide lockdown was announced. We are waiting for the schools to reopen and when she will start going there we will also understand the system better. Then we will decide about our second child.

Are you happy with the whole schooling during the pandemic?
Yes. I think Apeejay has done a fantastic job. My daughter loves her school, she loves her class teacher. She has all the opportunity to talk to her teachers through a zoom app and online classes. She has learnt a lot in this one year. It would have been much better, obviously, if the schools were offline.

Any changes you have noticed in your daughter post admission?
I see that she is becoming much more articulate, vocal and confident. Her maths is great. Her Art is great. She is more interested in studying now. She hasn’t missed any of her classes this year.

Interesting things you liked about the school?
The only great thing that I like about any school, which is here, is that they take feedback seriously and they do not disrespect parent’s opinions. This matters a lot to me, as we feel confident that there is someone to hear and to take action. They are approachable, be it the Principal, teachers and administration. That’s how it should be. That’s how every school should work. The parent’s community is as equally important right now as the teaching community.  

CBSE schools are more teacher dependent and text-book savy. IB schools focuse on the concepts and are more system dependent.

-Moksha Nagdev Gudwani, Mother of Arisha Gudwani (Grade-2, ASI-South Delhi)

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