Priyanka Handa Ram
Ambassador, Country lead, Academy, Advisory

Priyanka Handa Ram

Gaborone, Botswana

Passionate about play, literacy and conservation , I use these 3 pillars to create early childhood solutions that transform childhoods and uplift entire communities.

Founder & Director of REWA & Learn To Play, Priyanka Handa Ram is a social impact entrepreneur who is passionate about creating a community of literacy, play and development that’s founded on principles of sustainability, holistic child development and lifelong success. Priyanka was born and raised in Botswana and has used her decade of experience doing a multitude of social enterprise projects to create a more literate, happy and healthy childhood for the clients she works with. 

Priyanka's key focus areas are Play, Nature and Literacy and incorporates these in her work as well as in her role as a published children’s author; writing stories about adventure, virtues and conservation. 

Priyanka has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Communication from King’s College London and an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She further trained to acquire a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford. Recently, she was awarded with an award entitled Change Maker of Botswana for her work in Education. Priyanka is also a Global Leader in Early Childhood through the World Forum, a qualified Health Coach with the Dr. Sears Institute and a P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training) Facilitator.

For her, this is more than a job; Priyanka is pioneering programmes that transform childhoods and uplift entire communities. Her mission is to change how the world educates young children. She does this through advocacy, creative programme innovation and community initiatives, which encourage collaboration and responsibility – focusing on the most sustainable and scalable methods of Early Childhood Care and Education. 

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

I believe that we need to collaboratively transform the way the world educates, protects and cares for young children and that the HundrED innovations are a platform to do just that. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Developmentally appropriate learning, that is holistc, engaging and involves children in active learning enables young people to thrive. We need to invest in professional development, creating enabling environments and in open-ended resources and pedagogies to truly allow for children to thrive and flourish.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation is the heart of education - through innovation we can truly transform childhoods and uplift entire communities. 

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

1. Design For Change: I'm inspired by their focus on developing creativity, confidence & a growth mindset 2. Playground Ideas: I love that they prioritise local and sustainable resources to create an environment that inspires playful learning 3. Ubongo: I'm so impressed by how Ubongo leverages technology to make learning more relatable, accessible & developmentally appropriate

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

1. Earth Warriors - for their fabulous curriculum that empowers young children to become more conscious change-agents for the care and protection of our environment. 2. Smart Start - for their unique early childhood franchising model in South Africa 3. Bulungula Incubator - for their holistic 360 degree approach to community upliftment