Sita Nayar (Founder / Trustee)
Sita has had a varied and intense teaching career which began in a first grade classroom in a primary school in Nigeria. Her journey as a teacher took her to Friend’s Seminary, an independent Quaker school in New York City, and then to Kodaikanal International school, in India. This was followed by a very brief stint at Rishi Valley School, also in India. After fourteen years in the field of education came a period of reflection in her life. Her experiences until that time had led to a certain amount of uneasiness about the educational system and the things that were happening to children in the name of education. The cumulative impact of these years led to the search for the meaning of “education” and, finally, to the setting up of Bhavya, in Kochi in 1994, as a non-graded and totally child-centred space, based on the practice of total respect for all children.