M R Raghavan

trustee_raghavanRoom 13 International Trustee
2010 – 2013

Raghavan is a Chartered Accountant who established a highly successful computer software consulting business in Bombay. Inspired by a period of national service he undertook as a young man, working in slums in Mumbai, he harboured a dream to do something about the vast untapped educational potential among India’s poorest citizens.

With his wife Aruna, he went on to establish The Anugriha Charitable Trust with the intention of evolving and demonstrating alternative educational methods in India.

In 1992 Raghavan and Aruna left Bombay with their small daughter and invested their entire life savings to establish a primary school at Arasavanangkadu, a village of 1500 people in a remote corner of Tamil Nadu.

Shikshayatan School opened in mid-1994 admitting 15 3-year-old children to the first class. All of the children were drawn from low income, scheduled caste families in which they are the first generation to receive any education. Within this community, the Raghavans have spent the last two decades exploring and experimenting with new methods of early childhood education.

In 2004 they met with Room 13 and were inspired by a presentation given by two youngsters from Scotland. Confident by this point in their ability to instil the skills of literacy and numeracy in their pupils, they felt intrigued by an approach to arts education that appeared to sit so comfortably with their own methods. From this point Shikshayatan enthusiastically embraced Room 13. Since then, both Raghavan and Aruna have provided wise council and practical support which continues to aid and motivate the development of Room 13 International.

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