Aditya Birla Education Academy celebrated Teachers’ Day by felicitating 28 School Leaders as ‘Changemakers’


The Change-maker Award Ceremony acknowledged the invaluable contribution and commitment of school leaders from India and abroad in professional development of teachers– Aditya Birla Education Academy.

Mumbai, 6th September, 2021: Aditya Birla Education Academy (ABEA), India’s leading professional development institute for teachers celebrated the occasion of Teachers’ day by organising a felicitation ceremony for school leaders who have chosen to support their staff, upskill their teachers, provide various opportunities to students and teachers to grow and who have inspired others to change for the better. The objective of the felicitation programme was to acknowledge and applaud the invaluable contribution and commitment of school leaders in revolutionising and preparing the teachers for the ever-changing learning scenario. ABEA has been at the forefront of supporting educators to develop expertise as well as understand the nuances of new technologies and adapt to changes in the education sector.

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One of the most prestigious occasions of Teachers’ Day was celebrated with great zeal as Aditya Birla Education Academy felicitated school leaders from across the country and abroad for the measures they undertook to ensure their school teachers power through the year via constant support, guidance and the opportunity to upskill. The emphasis was also to highlight how teachers have led the way to show everyone around how important it is to adapt to changing times by constantly learning new skills, pedagogies and teaching techniques.

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Over 28 school leaders from Indian and abroad were paid a tribute and were recognised as ‘Changemakers’ under various categories namely ‘Promoting inclusion & school wide student enrichment’, ‘Integration of 21st-century skills and new practices’, ‘Creating a culture of continuous professional development’, ‘Nurturing a culture of school wide professional development to improve the total school quality’, ‘Creating a culture of learning leading to better student development and outcomes’, ‘Creating a collaborative learning culture in the Unaided Schools Forum’, ‘Pioneering teacher learning programs’ and ‘Focusing on the continuous professional development of staff’, ‘Promoting a culture of lifelong learning’, and many others.’  

Commenting on the felicitation programme, Mrs. Neerja Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust said“Education is the only tool that has the power to bring about a positive transformation in the lives of individuals and shape the mindset of today’s youth. We, at Aditya Birla Education Academy, acknowledge all the educators for delivering exemplary work and bringing about a profound transformation in the education sector. The objective of the felicitation ceremony was to honour the contribution of the school leaders who through their dedication have not only progressed the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their teachers, staff and students.”

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Ms. Surabhi Goel, CEO, Aditya Birla Education Academy said, “We, at Aditya Birla Education Academy, are the vanguard of empowering the educators to augment their skill sets to global levels, give them an opportunity to grow and flourish and help them become the best knowledge-givers they can be. Through the felicitation programme, we wanted to showcase our gratitude to the school leaders who have provided support to the ever resilient teaching community, responsible for shaping the young minds of India”

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The pandemic made it imperative for educators of the country to adapt to the new way of imparting education. In order to stay abreast with the modern approaches of teaching, it became imperative for educators to constantly upskill themselves. To support the teaching community, Aditya Birla Education Academy has been providing relevant and uniquely structured training coursesAdditionally, the academy has successfully trained over 1,93,000 educators by conducting free sessions. The teacher training courses offered by ABEA cover a wide range of topics providing educators with the opportunity to upgrade their content knowledge, pedagogical skills, adopt new teaching-learning styles and become a part of a larger community of lifelong learners.


The list of awardees at the Changemakers Award Ceremony

No.NameDesignationSchool Name
1Sonya Ghandy MehtaSchool DirectorPathways World School, Aravali, India
2Dr. Shalini AdvaniSchool DirectorPathways School, Noida, India
3Capt. Rohit Sen BajajSchool DirectorPathways School, Gurgaon, India
4Ranjna JangraPrincipalB.K. Birla Public School, Kalyan, India
5Richa Sharma AgnihotriPrincipalSanskriti School, Delhi, India
6Asha NarayananPrincipalLodha World School, Thane, India
7Meera RamanathanPrincipalLodha World School, Lakeshore Greens, Palava, India
8Radhika SrinivasanPrincipalThe Shri Ram Universal School, Palava, India
9Maj. Gen. S. S. Nair, AVSM (Retd.)DirectorBirla Education Trust, Pilani, India
10Meera IsaacsDeanThe Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, India
11Dr. Vidhukesh VimalHeadmasterThe Assam Valley School, Sonitpur, India
12Dr. Angelo M. D’CruizePrincipalStepping Stones High School, Aurangabad, India
13Dr. Jyotsna SaxenaDy. CEOAditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited, Delhi, India
14Sunita GeorgePrincipalBombay Scottish School, Mahim, India
15S.C. KediaSecretaryUnaided Schools Forum, Mumbai, India
16Jyoti KumarDirector of EducationArya Vidya Mandir Group of Institutions, Mumbai, India
17Rohan BhatChairmanChildren’s Academy Group of Schools, Mumbai, India
18Harsh MadhokHonorary DirectorSunbeam Educational Group, Varanasi, India
19Bratati BhattacharyaSecretary GeneralShikshayatan Foundation and Shri Shikshayatan School, Kolkata, India
20Debika ChatterjiPrincipalJBCN International School, Borivali, India
21Radhika SinhaPrincipalAditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai, India
22Piya MarkerDirector – Head of SchoolThe Aditya Birla Integrated School, Mumbai, India
23Dr. Jagpreet SinghHeadmasterThe Doon School, Dehradun, India
24Fr. Robert SimonSecretaryAll India Don Bosco Education Society, Delhi, India
25A.P. SharmaPrincipalBirla Public School, Doha, Qatar
26Sheeba ThomasDeputy Head, CBSE JuniorAl Khor International School, Doha, Qatar
27Priya SadasivamDeputy Head, CBSE SeniorAl Khor International School, Doha, Qatar
28Alexandre T. NenesCo-PrincipalSinarmas World School, South Tangerang, Indonesia

About Aditya Birla Education Academy

Aditya Birla Education Academy is India’s leading professional development institute for teachers. Aditya Birla Education Academy aims to engage educators in the new-age global processes of education and empower them to evolve into the best knowledge-givers they can be, as they nurture young minds and contribute towards shaping the future. Aditya Birla Education Academy is providing a platform for educators to further their professional development through relevant and uniquely structured courses that meet their needs across the spectrum of education.

About Aditya Birla Education Trust

Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET) is an organisation committed to the cause of education and mental health, with an objective to nurture young minds. Right from establishing the Aditya Birla World Academy, an International School with an Indian soul, to The Aditya Birla Integrated School, which acknowledges the need to cater to children with different learning needs, ABET has always prioritised the importance of a child’s overall development. Further under the aegis of ABET, the Aditya Birla Education Academy provides professional development opportunities for educators, and engages, empowers and equips them to contribute towards shaping the future of young minds. In an endeavour to stamp out stigma surrounding mental health concerns, ABET has established Mpower, a holistic mental health care initiative, which has become the pioneer of mental health awareness in the country. Aditya Birla Education Trust runs under the zealous leadership of its passionate and committed Founder & Chairperson, Mrs. Neerja Birla.

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