Our Team

Maharashtra

Radha Goenka

Radha Goenka

Founder

Radha Goenka, Founder - Pehlay Akshar, and Director - RPG Foundation drives multiple programs to empower women, youth and children with education and skills, so that they can find meaningful employment and shape better futures.

Priyanka Anand-Chadha

Priyanka Anand-Chadha

Head

Priyanka heads Pehlay Akshar Foundation, and is responsible for Strategy, Growth, and Program Implementation and Organisation Building.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
At home, with family and friends. A space where I'm at peace without the weight of judgement, or the anxiety of performance. Its a place that I always want to go back to, a place where I'm happy.

Ashmita Mishra

Ashmita Mishra

Lead, Training

Ashmita leads our Training Programs with a focus on building high quality content to empower and strengthen our teachers. She leads the operations of all our training programs across all locations.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where I don't feel judged and my thoughts and opinions are valued

Devin Bhatia

Devin Bhatia

Member, Digital & MarCom

As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, Devin focuses on strengthening the Pehlay Akshar Foundation brand, manages partnerships and digital intiatives.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
An environment free from judgement and pressure, where one is comfortable and can behave in their most natural way.

Neha Ganatra

Neha Ganatra

Member, Digital & MarCom

Neha focuses on strengthening our Digital Initaitves. She is responsible for developing the Pehlay Akshar App, which is designed to help teachers and students stay connected and have easy access to learning material and resources.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where I can express myself without fear of being judged, a place where we work as a team, respecting and being accountable to one another.

Pradnya Rane

Pradnya Rane

Member, Schooling

Pradnya is a part of the Schooling team, and focuses on designing new and innovative solutions to connect better with students across our schools. Currently she is responsible for managing our Magic Classroom on DD program.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where I can be myself. A place which is free of judgements.

Nicolette D'Souza

Nicolette D'Souza

Member, Schooling

Nicolette is a part of the Schooling team, and focuses on designing new and innovative solutions to connect better with students across our schools. Currently she is working on building #AStoryADay campaign.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A space where I can be myself and not have to worry about discrimination and judgement.

Reshma Sheikh

Reshma Sheikh

Facilitator, Schooling

Reshma is a part of the Schooling team, and focuses on teaching students, including the Magic Classroom on DD program

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where I can showcase my ideas without having any fear of judgment.

Athira Ashokan

Athira Ashokan

Member, Training 

Athira is part of our Training team, and works on building and curating content for all our programs across locations.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
a place where I am able to be the best version of myself!

Parita Shah

Parita Shah

Member, Training 

Parita leads the implementation of the BMC Training Program where she focuses on recruiting and training facilitators, ensuring high quality delivery of content and managing our key stakeholders, especially Government partnerships.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Whenever I feel lost or numb with various thoughts, the space that can help me free my thoughts is my safe space. This space is objective and keeps me growing

Artimizia Fernandes

Artimizia Fernandes

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Artimizia focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where I am comfortable and free to share my thoughts and opinions without being judged.

Asma Khan

Asma Khan

Facilitator, Training

Asma works towards improving teacher capacity in Government Schools across Mumbai.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where I can be honest with myself and the people around me.

Damini Naidu

Damini Naidu

Facilitator, Training

Damini works towards improving teacher capacity in Government Schools across Mumbai.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where there is an absence of judgements and presence of positive motivating factors.

Deepti Dwivedi

Deepti Dwivedi

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Deepti focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where I can share my thoughts without any inhibitions and knowing that I am heard and valued

Kusum Yadav

Kusum Yadav

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Kusum focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Responsibility with ownership

Pooja Kshirsagar

Pooja Kshirsagar

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Pooja focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where one can share freely and fearlessly about certain aspects and feel happy to work for

Saima Shaikh

Saima Shaikh

Facilitator, Training

Saima works towards improving teacher capacity in Government Schools across Mumbai.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A supportive environment where I can learn and grow.

Sanam Shaikh

Sanam Shaikh

Facilitator, Training
Shagufta Shaikh

Shagufta Shaikh

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Shagufta focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
My favorite corner in the house, where I can sit, with a cup of hot tea to relax and leave all other things behind.

Shilpa Kapure

Shilpa Kapure

Member, Training

As a Location Manager, Shilpa is responsible for managaing all on-ground implementation in Nashik, Maharashtra. She is also a facilitator, and works on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Like a magnate. Its where we are happy, feel relaxed, secure, and trusted. There is no judgement here, and we can openly express ourselves, admit to mistakes.

Siddhi Rahate

Siddhi Rahate

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Siddhi focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where I can share my opinions without any hesitation, where my opinions are considered. It is a space where I keep growing, learning and work effectively. A place where I'm appreciated and motivated.

Smita Fulzele

Smita Fulzele

Facilitator, Training

Smita works towards improving teacher capacity in Nashik.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Is something I experience with colleagues when they use our 3 pillars to build my confidence, allow me to learn and develop new knowledge.

Syeda Akheela Jahan

Syeda Akheela Jahan

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Syeda focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
With my Pehlay Akshar children because of their smiling faces, and with my team that gives me moral support through their gestures and words.

Tanvi Redij

Tanvi Redij

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Tanvi focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where you can just be you..unfiltered.. without hesitation or fear of any kind of judgement.

Unnati Nikose

Unnati Nikose

Facilitator, Training

Currently, I have been assigned the role of a Training Facilitator. Before joining Pehlay Akshar, I was working with Orchids - The International School.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where there is kindness, empathy and no fear of being judged.

Vipul Mehunkar

Vipul Mehunkar

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Vipul focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge. Previously, Vipul worked on the Magic Classroom on DD program

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Like being on stage, where people are sitting in front of you just to listen to you, and there is a backstage team who believe in you, and are ready to help. A safe space is that comfort and trust which is there between the backstage team, the performer, and the audience.

Bindiya Salian

Bindiya Salian

Member, Training 

As a part of the training team, Bindiya focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where i am not forced into anything. Its a space that helps me bring out the best in my, because i know i will am doing it willingly.

Gujarat

Janki Parmar

Janki Parmar

Facilitator, Schooling

Janki is a part of the Schooling team, and focuses on #AStoryADay campaign, as well as the Magic Classroom on DD program.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where there is no fear and limitations to express oneself and work confidently.

Prashant Singh

Prashant Singh

Facilitator, Schooling

As a part of the training team, Prashant focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where one has the freedom to express oneself without worrying about what others will think about my opinions. It is just not a concept we use, it is actually a growth mindset that sets the basic ground rules of fearless learning enhancing the developmental process of growth and maturity.

Leonil Fernandes

Leonil Fernandes

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Leonil focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where I am able to express myself without fear of judgement. It is my comfortable space.

Heli Pathak

Heli Pathak

Member, Training 

As a Location Manager, Heli is responsible for managing all on-ground implementation in Halol, Gujarat. She is also a facilitator and works on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
Where I am able to be by myself, reading a book and enjoying my own company.

Karnataka

Stuti Sharma

Stuti Sharma

Facilitator, Training

Stuti is a Facilitator in Bangalore and focuses on building teacher capacity. She is also responsible for managing local Government relationships.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A place where a person can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.

Madhya Pradesh

Ashish Sharma

Ashish Sharma

Facilitator, Training

As a part of the training team, Ashish focuses on building teacher capabilities and knowledge.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
A space with people who allows me to speak, share and express freely whatever I am feeling, and understand my emotions without judgement.

Rajasthan

Radhika Sharma

Radhika Sharma

Member, Training

Radhika is a part of the Schooling team and focuses on #AStoryADay campaign.

What does "Safe Space" mean to you?
When during meetings we get breaks and start discussing our personal stuff, and make fun of each other, share those light moments and laughter when for issues(personal or professional) faced I can straight reach out to my team and they understand and support, that is my safe space.