A trailblazer in educational innovation, Ritesh Rawal aimed for a complete overhaul when he ventured into the sector. Challenging the status quo existing for more than a decade, this edupreneur founded Dudes and Dolls - The Cosmic School, Delhi-NCR – a transformative cosmic school for pre and primary education – in 2012. Sharing his vision, he states, “All our initiatives undertaken in the past years are a clear reflection of innovation and transformation in education. Driven by an inspiration to do things differently, I believe this approach is required to solve existing problems in the sector and make the system more practical and relevant to the current and future context.” India is the youngest country with 35 crore children in the age group of 1 to 5 years. It is very important to have a strong early childhood education for children to be able to perform well in higher grades. “At our school we have come up with a curriculum where we have integrated vocational training and academics,” declares Ritesh.
Ritesh is striving to disrupt the Indian education system with innovative yet sustainable solutions based on exploring the uniqueness of each individual rather than by comparison. Unique infrastructure, curriculum design, student development programmes and branding while recruiting a team of educators and administrators are some of the many features of Dudes and Dolls. Instead of being open for admissions in large quantities, the school has been designed to accommodate 250 students with the support of around a 50-member team. Dudes and Dolls also innovated and implemented the path-breaking Six Sigma methodology to encourage quality education. When asked about his inspiration, Ritesh states, “Experience and at times inexperience can be defined as the best mentor for me. The initial motivation to transform education came from my own experience coupled with an unconventional mindset right from my childhood and a self belief that we can get the first mover advantage in any field by challenging the status quo.”
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