Simran Mulchandani

Simran Mulchandani

I am a founder at Project Rangeet, responsible for business development and partnerships. My hope is that our platform will help teachers and children thrive in a rapidly changing world.

I am a Founder and Managing Partner of Project Rangeet, responsible for business development and partnerships. I am also a Director of Singaporean NGO, Global Mangrove Trust, that has built a peer to peer platform for Mangrove Reforestation. I was a Director at Lykke Corp, a Swiss Fintech company building a marketplace for blockchain assets. Earlier, I completed my B.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University and worked at J.P. Morgan before setting up and running internationally acclaimed live music venture blueFROG. 

My wife, Renisha, and I raised our kids, Ishan and Samara, on a steady diet of Dr. Seuss. What we wanted most for our children was for them to be creative, crazy, courageous risk takers. But this is often not possible. Our kids come from privilege. They can afford to take risks, fail, pick up, start again as long as they do it responsibly. This realisation hit me in 2013 when I taught an English grammar class to fourth graders in a government school in Mumbai. I was not quite prepared for how that day would affect me. My class was a cross section of younger and older kids (aged 8 through 14); some differently abled children. And when I inquired why these kids were clubbed so randomly together I was told what I may not have wanted to hear – the girls were being abused physically/mentally at home, so would lag behind in learning; some kids were sent to villages to help with farming – hence taken out of school to rejoin at a later date - deeply hurting their self-esteem. The kid who stole my heart was an intellectually challenged girl who had the most enthusiastic sparkle in her eyes, could not express herself at all, but you knew she had so much to say. All these abilities and ages and sexes and emotional states were mixed up in an overburdened, under resourced classroom - packaged, processed and shoved into a world that didn’t care what they wanted, dreamed about, cared or hoped for. And I recall thinking on my way home – these kids are just defeated at birth. This is where the seed of the idea behind Project Rangeet began. It became non-negotiable for me to do something that would give every child the opportunity to be courageous: to try, to fail, to find their niche and awaken their inner superhero.

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

Everything in the HundrED manifesto resonates with our purpose: children need to flourish in a rapidly changing world, must be equipped with a breadth of skills approach, academics are not enough, learning must be child centric. We hope to meet likeminded educators, innovators and funders to collaborate with, to add value to and to learn from so that ultimately children and teachers flourish.

How can education support students to flourish?

Today’s children need necessary life skills. No matter what path they choose or culture they come from, they need a combination of learning, literacy and life skills. Schools must encourage this "breadth of skills approach" adapting how they teach to how children learn. Child centered, pedagogical methods like playful learning & multiple intelligences will ensure that "no child is left behind”.

What role does innovation play in education change?

If the child of 2050 has employment opportunities that we haven't yet imagined or is competing against robots that do math faster than they do, or can visualize and solve science problems easier, then how do we equip them for this future? Policy and curriculum needs to be innovative and the designers must use their imagination and intention to already be working on the schools of 2050 now.