As India, a vibrant developing country is marching ahead with a whole lot of possibilities, education remains the primary focus. In fact, the motto is to educate millions, reaching out to the remotest corner of the villages of the country. Along with government and private organizations, various educational start-ups are working hard at the grass-root level. In this regard, KA EduAssociates, an educational start-up co-founded by Fatima Agarkar demands special mention. Fatima Agarkar is an eminent educationist in the globe of education and wife of Ajit Agarkar, Former International Cricketer representing India and currently a golfer.
State and University topper, Fatima Agarkar has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from England, apart from her B. Ed and ECCE degrees. She started her career in the corporate world. She was adjudged Education World’s top 50 young educators in 2014 and is also the recipient of several awards for outstanding contribution to education in 2013, 2015. Fatima was associated with diverse organizations such as Commerzbank, Times of India and Egon Zender International before she was involved in the set up of three premier K-12 national and international schools in Mumbai.
No doubt, she has loads of experience being an integral part of managing schools she has been associated with. Fatima now partners Gitika to create more opportunities for stakeholders in the education space with a passion for teacher training, special needs, and sports. Pioneering, “out of the box” and a risk taker, Fatima’s love for children defines her passion for the team she leads.
The whole initiative of KA EduAssociates goes back to Fatima Agarkar’s understanding of education. In fact, Fatima’s target has been to enhance the quality of pedagogy via teachers and also train and educate the parents to keep up with academic advancement of their children through parenting workshops, open platform discourses and others. With more and more schools being set up, KA EduAssociates recognizes that there will be a demand on trained hands and they hope to match the need with their extensive portfolio of services.
Under her leadership, the proposed tie-ups with both Asian and International Colleges will also ensure that they continue to bring global practices to India and the constant churn of new methodologies and ideas makes it a fast evolving and a very demanding sector.
KA EduAssociate’s model includes a combination of in-house and outsourced team of facilitators including global teachers. The online facilitation, web and airs etc. also make the reach more widespread. The firms USP lies in the experience of the team who have set up a number of schools pan India, headed institutions and also taught as teachers including those that continue to, making these modules relevant, implementable and practical as opposed to theory. The beauty is that it is across the curricula – therefore not restricted to just ICSE, CBSE or international schools alone. These are ready reckoners for all to use.
Fatima has already set plans ahead for KA EduAssociates. She remarked,” We have plans to expand in tier 2 and tier 3 cities by setting up zonal centers, online and distance training modules. The focus will not only be concentrating on opening centers for teacher training but also conducting parenting workshops and educational conclaves in an attempt to bring all stakeholders together to create a cross-sharing culture. This will aid the schools to progress and grow effectively.”
No doubt, credit goes to Fatima Agarkar for making KA EduAssociates a perfect platform for true education. She has received the Giants Group awards for outstanding contribution to education as well as being invited to conferences as a key note speaker, Fatima Agarkar’s passion remains setting up foster care centers pan India basis to enable the less fortunate with physical disabilities to receive assistance. We wish her all the best in the journey ahead.