WHO WE ARE

Global Dream is a non-profit initiative of Global Classroom Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with DEVI Sansthan: Dignity, Education, Vision International (since 1992) and Center for Innovation in Education, USA. All proceeds of the programme in India and all sponsorships are made in the name of DEVI Sansthan, 12A, 80G (tax deductible) and FCRA. The initiative is directed by Dr Sunita Gandhi, Ph.D., Cambridge University, UK, Co-Founder, Council for Global Education, USA, Founder, DEVI Sansthan, and Global Classroom Pvt. Ltd. She also serves as Honorary Chief Academic Advisor at her family run, CMS: City Montessori School, Lucknow, the World's Largest School, a Guinness World Record Holder since 1999, and Recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2002.



DEVI Sansthan

DEVI – Dignity, Education, Vision International was formed under the leadership of Dr Sunita Gandhi in 1992 in Lucknow with the view that dignity is the most important propelling force and education is the most important driver of change in a human being; and we need to move towards a world embracing vision in which all people have equality of opportunity to receive a meaningful education and live with dignity.

DEVI cannot forget the tremendous dedicated and selfless work done by its DEVI Director, Tony Castleman, an American. At the request of Dr Gandhi, he made Lucknow his home, lived with a small stipend in a small room, and served DEVI for 7 years before returning back to India. Under his direction, DEVI grew from just 15 schools in 15 villages to over 400 schools in 400 plus villages. DEVI got its FCRA approval with Tony’s initiative.

Several foundations and bilateral government agencies supported the work of DEVI including: Germany through ICICI Bank, USAID, SIFPSA, Rajeev Gandhi Foundation, Japanese Government, Catholic Relief Services, and the Government of India.

DEVI was nurtured and guided by a number of good people including its first President, Dr Amitabh Chakraborty who retired as Head of Research for the Railways. The next President was Dr Mini Goal, a Padamshree and a well-known orthopede. Currently, DEVI’s President is Dr Sunita Gandhi.

DEVI’s first project, ‘Sumpoorn Nai Shiksha (SNS)’ or ‘All-encompassing New Education (ANewEd)’ was conceptualized as a first step towards an education that addresses not only a person’s intellectual needs, but also provides them with human/social perspective. This is the cornerstone of Devi Sansthan, which seeks to empower the underprivileged and illiterate populations of India, with special emphasis on educating the girl-child.

Sumpoorn Nai Shiksha

DEVI’s first project, ‘Sumpoorn Nai Shiksha (SNS)’ or ‘All-encompassing New Education (ANewEd)’ was conceptualized as a first step towards an education that addresses not only a person’s intellectual needs, but also provides them with values and a human/social perspective.

This is the cornerstone of Devi Sansthan, which seeks to empower the underprivileged and illiterate populations of India, with special emphasis on educating the girl-child.

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