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My name is Kiran Bir Sethi and I'm from India. I originally trained to be a designer. When I worked as a designer 26 years ago I was a recent mother. When my son started school aged five, I thought the teachers would love him as much as I did. However, I soon realized that this was not the case and that at school he was just another pupil. I knew they wouldn't understand him, so I decided to do something about it. I could just have put him in a different school and left it at that. What I did instead was think about starting a school myself. So, that's what I did. I started a school at my house and my aim was to help children be able to say "I can" and be treated as individuals. I converted my house into a school 16 years ago.
I still remember a lot about the first children who came to the school. Almost everyone learns to say "I can't". At school we're taught to listen to adults, not to have ideas and to sit down all the time. This is something children are made to do for fifteen years. Later, we're surprised when they're not creative, empathetic or responsible, but this is how we've taught them to be. The aim of the school that I founded and the Design for Change program is to promise each child that they have the ability to do things and realize that they can do this today.
The Design for Change initiative is currently operational in sixty-six countries, including Spain. Here, a group of young superheroes aged six, seven and eight years old have built a golf course in their school.