Bharati Thakore
Ambassador

Bharati Thakore

Mumbai, India

Bharati Thakore- Founder & CEO, New Millennium Education Partners is on a mission to make quality education accessible to all, for an equitable, peaceful and sustainable world. Thakore, is a leading advocate for high quality education, women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to education and training up to the highest levels. New Millennium Education Partners (NMEP) was conceptualized in 2017 by Bharati after having spent eight years working in her father Dilip Thakore's education media company EducationWorld. A graduate of Media, Technology and Communication, Denison University, USA she travelled extensively to the remotest parts of the country filming over 50 of India’s top schools and has written two books on India’s 21st Century education institutions.

  • Founder and CEO - New Millennium Education Partners (NMEP Media Pvt. Ltd.)
  • International Appointment - Appointed India Head of Collège du Léman International School, Geneva, Switzerland – part of the worldwide Nord Anglia Education Group (since 2017) 
  • Founder - ‘The Good Teacher – what’s new and what matters in education’ a facebook group that brings together the Top 1000 school managements, parents and NGOs across India to share and discuss news, pedagogical developments and solutions to champion quality education for all. 
  • Founder - NMEP Masterclass Series –An initiative to provide free training to low cost and government school teachers by the most reputed educators in the private sector with an online programme. 
  • Author – 21 schools of the 21st Century published in 2016 launched by American Philanthropist Michael Milken 
  • Author – Future-ready Schools of the New Millennium in 2017 launched by Ketan Gala, President, Navneet Publishers 
  • Chief guest and commencement keynote address - to graduating class of Navrachana International School, Vadodara (Navrachana University) 
  • Keynote speaker: 
  •  Global Millennial Conference, BITS Pilani, Dubai 2018 
  • Podar International School, Khar 2017 
  • Ryan International School Founders Day 2018 
  • Women’s Economic Forum 2017 5.
  • Bombay Cambridge Gurukul Group 2017 and 2018 
  • Billabong High, Santa Cruz – 2018 7.
  • One up Library, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 
  • Jury Member:
  • 1. Avrio Schools of Tomorrow by Euroschools – among the largest school groups in India (2017)
  • 2. Design for Change founded by Kiran Bir Sethi(2016) 
  • 3. Qimpro Awards for Education– with other jury members: Padmashri Dr. Deepak Phatak, IIT Mumbai, Rajan Saxena, V/C NMIMS among others (2016 -2018) 
  • Awards and Recognition: 
  • 1. A driver to educational transformation in India” by Google Education 
  • 2. Champion of Education Award by Bombay Cambridge Gurukul Group (2018) 
  • 3. Absolute Champion by Anand Chulani (Success coach to Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman, Rajasthan Royals and YPO) 
  • 4.  Iconic Women creating a better world for All” by Women Economic Forum 

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

HundrED's objectives within the K-12 space, of providing a platform for new innovations, research, and a space for influencers to collaborate and provide support to the mission is brilliant and the need of the times. It would be a great opportunity to be a part of this community and contribute to identifying innovations with great potential and to help bring these new ideas to schools, governments, investors to scale the innovations thereby  helping children around the world to flourish 

Moreover, there is a pressing need to enable every child to acquire the necessary skills and training for employability in a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Education delivery and assessment as we know it, has to change to ensure that students are learning higher-order thinking skills that will be required to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. Being a part of the HundrED community would allow me to unite with others and support these objectives. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is the golden key to unlock a child's highest potential and an economy's human capital. Every child must have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. We are at the threshold of a technological renaissance and this will profoundly impact the way we live, work and relate to each other. We have to provide relevant education that is oriented to preparing students for the changing times to harness the numerous opportunities that the new world order will create. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation plays an extremely significant role in education because learning is constantly changing and evolving. We are living the fourth industrial revolution and teaching, learning, assessments, learning spaces, leadership needs scalable, impact-oriented innovations to provide relevant and accessible skills that will enable students to succeed in an unknown future. 

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Big Picture Learning 

Design for change 

Kahoot 

Seppo

Kide Science 

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, India 

Barefoot College has developed a unique basic literacy and skills education model which has transformed Tilonia district into a prosperous oasis. Moreover, the Barefoot College rural development model has been replicated in 93 countries and 14 states of the Indian Union.

The Barefoot College has trained solar and rainwater harvesting master trainers and teachers who have spread out to 673 villages in eight states across the country. In all of them, the Millennium Development Goals — full productive employment and decent work for all; universal primary education; women’s empowerment and gender equality; reduction of child mortality and improved maternal health; environmental sustainability and halving the proportion of people with access to safe drinking water and sanitation and developing global partnerships for development — have been substantially attained.

Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) - India 

Established in 2000, CMCA’s mission is to promote democratic citizenship education among India’s children and youth. CMCA was conceived in the new millennium year in a context when prospects for evolution of a humane and egalitarian democracy in India looked bleaker than ever before in an increasingly disturbing socio-political landscape characterised by widening inequalities, threats to fundamental rights, lack of transparency and accountability in public institutions. Moreover there is abject disregard for rule of law compounded by young citizens’ apathy and ignorance of their role in a democracy.

First in Math 

Over the past three decades since its inception, First in Math (FIM), has been helping students experience the joy of maths through scientifically designed, engaging games that strengthen fact fluency, computational thinking, logical reasoning and other critical problem-solving skills. Just a few days before the announcement of the national lockdown, on March 10, First in Math® inventor Robert Sun and India CEO, Monica Patel launched a Global No Cost initiative to ensure schools can continue to engage students with maths. Since the mass closure of schools in mid-March, 1.23 crore worksheets have been saved in 80 days and students from across the globe have solved over 2,550 crore problems on the platform from the comfort of their homes. During this period, more than 63,000 new classrooms have enrolled for the programme.

Khel Planet Foundation (estb. 2014), a Lucknow-based Ngo that offers play-based life skills education programmes. Incubated in the Harvard Innovation Lab in 2014, Khel Planet has thus far conducted skills programmes for 1,220 children in Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Lucknow.

Coding Ninjas - A state-of-the-art learning platform for coding education. The courses provided by the edtech company are available in both English and Hindi languages.