Kunskapsskolan a Sweden based pioneer in personalised school education has announced its entry into India. Operating a chain of 37 schools across Sweden, the US and the UK, Kunskapsskolan School Company is renowned for its novel approach that ensures excellent student performance. Having already created waves in other countries, Kunskapsskolan has set up Kunskapsskolan Eduventures Pvt Ltd – a joint venture between Kunskapsskolan Education and Gyandarshan Eduventures – to establish its footprint in India. Accordingly, Kunskapsskolan Eduventures will open its first Kunskapsskolan School at Gurgaon in April 2013, offering K12 education to Indian and international students.
The announcement was made by the former Education Secretary of Sweden and Executive Vice President of Kunskapsskolan Education, Mr Odd Eiken, Mr Kunal Bhadoo Chairman & CEO, Kunskapsskolan Eduventures Pvt. Ltd and Mr Prashant Bhalla, Director, Kunskapsskolan Eduventures, at a press conference in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kunal Bhadoo, Chairman and CEO of Kunskapsskolan Eduventures said:
“Indian students need to master global challenges, for which the educational style and delivery have to evolve apart from the content. Students at our schools will benefit from a truly global exposure in terms of teachers and interaction with their student counterparts in other global locations. Our students will be groomed as Leaders through a unique blend of personalised mentoring yet becoming independent and taking responsibility of their development from a very early stage, with a structured global curriculum that includes local CBSE requirements. Students will experience the allure of a learning system that facilitates the full blossoming of their innate potential. This will be a one of its kind educational concept in the country”.
About Kunskapsskolan’s entry into India, Mr Odd Eiken, Executive Vice President, Kunskapsskolan Education said: “As one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, India has immense potential in the education sector, which has yet to reach its zenith. Considering our tried-and-tested methodology that produces a higher number of students graduating summa cum laude, Kunskapsskolan School’s entry into the country could augment the robust pool of talent produced every year. We are also hopeful that in the years ahead, Kunskapsskolan alumni will make their presence felt in different verticals of the Indian economy.”
The curriculum at Kunskapsskolan will be adapted to the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) and Indian CBSE exam board. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to master content from Kunskapsskolan Schools following the American, UK and Swedish boards, to provide a truly global knowledge outreach.
The Swedish name ‘Kunskapsskolan’ means “The Knowledge School” in English. Kunskapsskolan Education was founded by social entrepreneur Peje Emillson in January 1999, fired by the vision of creating a school where personalized education was the hallmark. Since its inception, each Kunskapsskolan student is allowed to be different – a difference that’s respected and encouraged to ensure students receive the best beginning in life. Kunskapsskolan’s academic record in national tests is higher than the average for Swedish schools, with more than 60% Kunskapsskolan schools ranked among the best-performing schools in their districts.
While the main task of the school is to impart knowledge that students imbibe at their own pace, Kunskapsskolan aims to provide each pupil with additional skills for personal development, which is imperative in today’s world so full of vast flows of information, rapid transitions and innovative technologies. Kunskapsskolan’s student-friendly methods ensure students inculcate the self-assurance and wherewithal to confidently meet any unexpected challenges in their personal and professional lives.
Guided by teachers and parents, each student sets his or her goals and develops strategies to meet the goals. Given Kunskapsskolan’s novel teaching methods, the teachers, timetable and learning spaces are adapted to the specific needs of students who are at the centre of all activities – not the other way around, as in conventional schools. With the teaching-learning process centred around students’ needs, goals and ambitions, teachers act as the partner, coach and mentor in achieving long-term goals.
As it prepares for the 2013 launch in India, Kunskapsskolan School’s Mr Prashant Bhalla, Director Kunskapsskolan Eduventures believes its student-friendly, creative teaching system will establish new paradigms in Indian education and produce students who thereafter become leaders in the various verticals they enter.