Pawan Gupta | By Listening to People’s Needs, This Founder Is Transforming Traditional Education

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Pawan Gupta | By Listening to People’s Needs, This Founder Is Transforming Traditional Education

Pawan Gupta

Posted on April 21, 2021

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Teach them how to be—not how to appear to be.”

Amazing education shouldn’t exist as a one-size-fits-all system according to Pawan Gupta. With an education in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, Pawan has been an advocate for quality education tailor-made for each unique community and every student. As the founder SIDH, an NGO based in the Himalayas of India, Pawan turned away from mainstream educational practices and built alternative schools and systems perfectly equipped for those they serve. 

Over 30 years ago, Pawan launched SIDH after realizing that the generic education taught to kids in rural India didn’t fit their actual needs. Today, Pawan and his team remain committed to designing schools that integrate the aspirations, ecology, demographics, and culture of these communities. He also writes and speaks worldwide on alternative education models and how other leaders can create similar successes. 

In this episode of the Leading with Genuine Care podcast, you’ll also learn:

  • What alternative education models are
  • How Pawan was inspired to start SIDH
  • About education in rural India 
  • If rural vs. urban students should receive different educations
  • Why Gandhi was so influential to Pawan
  • What “truth” really means
  • Why people do things that we don’t really want to do 
  • Why education is the key to our future
  • What is externalism about
  • The reality of uncertainty
  • How a personal vision can be so impactful
  • If we should embrace the gaps in our lives
  • What happens when people appear as something they’re not 
  • Why we should teach kids to simply “be”
  • How can we learn to be more genuine 
  • Why everyone tries to look smart
  • What it means to be our authentic selves
  • What is more important—a word or a meaning
  • How to tap into intuition
  • And so much more!

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