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Nurturing inventiveness in each child

With a learning programme that encourages inquiry, reflection and communication, children are helped to think independently at the Inventure Academy.

She's young, she's articulate and she's the new breed of the 'India Shining' Indian who is coming home after more than a decade abroad, to use the skills imbibed during her travels, to make an impact on the up and coming new generation. Just 35, she is Nooraine Fazal CEO and Co-Founder of the Inventure Academy, a school coming up on the Whitefield Sarjapur Road. The Chairman and Co-Founder is Irfan Razack the CEO of the Prestige Group a leading property development company.

Well qualified
Nooraine has a Masters of Science Management Degree from the Boston University and has worked with Reuters Ltd in a range of frontline management positions for nine years. She has travelled and lived for over 12 years in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, Hong Kong and the US. Irfan is known for the quality of the buildings he has blessed the city of Bangalore with and so the quality of the school building will undoubtedly be superlative.

Why the field of education, we ask and Nooraine is very categorical in her reply. “The team I am working with are committed to raising the benchmark for education in India. Our students once they pass out from our portals must have the ability and conviction to realise their full potential and excel anywhere in the world. We believe, an inspired environment sparks creative thought. From our name, to our symbol, to the way we teach and learn, the Inventure Academy will continuously nurture inventive thinking,” she said.

The campus area of the new school is over 20 acres and the student teacher ratio is 15 to one with only 30 children per class. Initially the school will open from the coming academic year with classes from Std 1 to Std 6. The plan however is to have classes up to XII and the school will follow the guidelines set by the ICSE and the ISC Boards.

“We do not believe in the system where the child will have no exams up to class VIII and then face the trauma of learning to be competitive to face the ICSE and ISC in their last few years. Instead we believe the parallel exploration of several subjects makes education more cohesive and the experience of learning, exciting,” explains Nooraine.

The school will boast of classrooms of size up to 800 sq ft, 3 computer labs, 3 amphitheatres, activity and performing arts rooms, a dining hall, a 400 metre track, tennis and basket ball courts, a cricket pitch, football and hockey grounds, a nature trail with a child safe water body among other facilities.

The Board of Directors reads like a who’s who from the world of academia, art, sport etc. Umashankar Vishvanath, Operations head K-10 programme, Dr Mahendra Srivastava, President and CEO, Primacy International LLC (Atlanta, USA), Mahesh Vyas the Managing Director and CEO Centre for monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), Prof N Balakrishnan, Chairman Division of information Sciences IISc, Prakash Padukone, Director, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Romulus Whitaker, expert on amphibians and reptiles, to name a few on the illustrious board of advisors of the school.

To the question that Bangalore is getting saturated with a number of new schools opening up on the out-skirts of the city, Nooraine said, “the first couple of years will be challenging but we know that parents will be pleased with the security and warmth offered by a caring school. We have assessed the demand and our school has a curriculum that is learner- centric which takes into account the pace and capabilities of each child. Our school avoids the rote system but combines the best of a conventional school system with modern methods of education.”

Independent thinking
With a learning programme that encourages inquiry, reflection and communication, children are helped to think independently at the Inventure Academy and look at any issue from more than one point of view. “Our curriculum will prepare them for life,” says Nooraine profoundly.

The new trend being set by these new forward thinking schools augurs well for the state of education in our city and for the future of our children at large.

For further details call the administrative office: 205 Copper Arch, 83 Infantry Road, Ph: 56970671/55315605/55315606 or log onto their website at

Marianne de Nazareth

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