Kiran Bir Sethi and India as a Role Model for Education: Design For Change (DFC).


This mind map analyses the person of Kiran Bir Sethi and Riverside School in India, with its innovative teaching methodology. It also presents other inspirational figures in the field of education (both academically, technologically, spiritually and emotionally speaking) with India as their country of origin, like Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, Sugata Mitra or Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bir Sethi:creative as a woman; an educator as a mother

Biography: From design to the revolution in education

Kiran Bir Sethi and the principle of education by means of acquisition of experience and expertise, not by the accumulation of material goods or possessions

Founder of the initiative aProCh (A Protagonist in Every Child):

Her profile in Ashoka:

Riverside School: Details of the centre

Official web page:

Principles of the architecture of the centre: children as creators and determiners of their own learning space:

It was decided to provide the children with an easy access to the bathrooms for the younger grades and also to grant them more mobility around the classroom space (light chairs easily carried about, swivel chairs, etc.)


Prior to the construction of the centre, the kids discussed with the architect and designer of the centre to decide in groups how it should be

The creation of the Gazebo: a nice and original place to be in contact with nature, and where one can walk, have lunch, display your works or your artworks

Students enjoying the Gazebo space while they make use of the ICT to study


A few more pictures of the Gazebo:

Interviews offered by Kiran Bir Sethi in many different media

(In Spanish) For Euskadi+innova:

For TED:


For we_magazine:


Riverside School: methodology and principles

"Design For Change": steps for the design of a conscious education


The students become aware of important local issues from the community that need solving

The students reflect upon these issues and imagine methods of facing these problems, with the goal to fix them

The students work in groups to share their ideas and discuss about methods to turn them into a reality, putting them into practice

The students broadcast the fruits of their research and practice to the world, sharing their work and conclusions with the rest of the teaching community and society in general

Kiran Bir Sethi amongst her students in Riverside School showing in their hands the principle "I CAN"

The four steps of the principle "I CAN"





3 permanent values:

Be the change you want to see in the world

Remember: Hope is not a strategy

Nothing is really worthy unless it is shared

Testimonials by teachers, students and parents

Pupils talking about their learning experience in Riverside School

Testimonials by the members of a meditation and corporal awareness workshop started spontaneously amongst a group of students in Riverside

Experiences by the parents in the course of meditation and corporal awareness created by the students in Riverside


To take into account: the initative started by a group of students has grown and developed until it has become a tool for self-knowledge for the very same parents as well: it is an impressive example for everybody to follow!

Teachers and pupils in action

Playlist with 46 official videos about Riverside School

Video that explains, amongst other things, the integration of the parents in the educative process of their children

Web page with the full team of workers in Riverside:

Other examples of inspirational figures with a revolutionary perspective of education in India, for both children and adults


India seems to be a country with a strong sense of compromise in the search of new revolutionary manners to deal with education, both at individual and social levels: it would be really worth it to investigate further about this subject, looking for more names of people devoted to education from this country and from all over the world.

Rabindranath Tagore

Founder of the school Shantiniketan, the "Abode of Peace" (in Spanish)

Nobel PrizeAmartya Sen studied at Tagore's school, and talks about it very frequently with affection

Amartya Sen: Think and Act

Conference about Human Capacity with Amartya Sen in the University of Chicago Law School:

Amartya Sen talking about the sense of British identity

Conference by Amartya Sen about the challenges that social sciences face in the new milennia

Amartya Sen: from identity to violence, a podcast

Sugata Mitra

Creator and designer of the school in the clouds


Creator of the concept of the hole-in-the-wall school, and Minimally Invasive Education

Sugata Mitra: Can Kids Teach Themselves?

Sugata Mitra, build a school in the cloud

Sugata Mitra in Newcastle University

Kiran Bedi

Reformer of Tihar Jail, according to the principles of education of the inmates and their introduction to the Vipassana meditation


The very Dalai Lama has praised her efforts in the reform of Tihar Jail. Here is a link with a very detailed description of her reformation programme:


Documentary about Tihar Jail and the reforms carried out by Kiran Bedi

Vipassana in Tihar Jail

The social aspect of education, starting with the parents: the children as designers of their own formation, but never alone. They will always be accompanied accordingly and well taken care of


Poner énfasis en la educación de los padres les ayuda a mantener el ritmo educativo dentro de casa en beneficio de los niños, además de aumentarles la sensación de valía personal y la valoración de la educación dentro de la sociedad: no solo se cambian las generaciones posteriores, sino también las anteriores.

Meetings with parents at least two times per month

Academic workshops for parents once a week

Well-being workshops for parents once a week

Daily communication in the mother language

Inclusive programme: no child is left behind

Equality of representation beyond castes, etc.

Visit my interactive CV here

The four stages of the learning process


Los resultados académicos de la Riverside School en matemáticas, ciencias e inglés la sitúan por encima de las "top ten" en el ranking de éxito escolar en la India (datos de noviembre del 2009): constituye una prueba de que la metodología utilizada en la escuela le otorga poder y confianza al niño para desarrollarse plenamente y que eso le beneficia enormemente en su desarrollo y sus resultados no solo académicos, sino a un nivel holístico, como personas.

From the "My teacher told me" to the "I can do it!"

Kiran Bedi's story narrated for children

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