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Vidya Shankar

Founder, Mentor & Advisor

Vidya Shankar is a Child Rights Practitioner and Montessori Specialist with the TN Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She is the Founder of the CASCADE Family Learning Cooperative, which functioned previously under her Organisation – Relief Foundation. She continues to guide the newly formed Society, in her role as a mentor and advisor.

Vidya Shankar is a Child Rights Practitioner and Montessori Specialist with the TN Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She is the Founder of the CASCADE Family Learning Cooperative, which functioned previously under her Organisation – Relief Foundation. She continues to guide the newly formed Society, in her role as a mentor and advisor.

In her previous avatar, Vidya was a Chemical Engineer. However, she has since swapped those robes in favor of a more rewarding one which seeks to create safe spaces and communities for children. In the last fifteen years, she has been a part of an Adoptive Families Support Group, SuDatta, a Member of the Juvenile Justice Board and has served as the Chairperson of Chennai District’s Juvenile Welfare Board besides being an active proponent of Children’s issues especially the quality and meaningful education.

She also conducts workshops on Juvenile Justice, Laws related to children and is experienced in training teachers up to middle school level on child rights and school reforms to make them child-friendly and parent participative. She also offers parenting and educational counselling sessions over distance and in person.

She has completed her AMI Elementary Montessori (for 6-12 years old children) Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Child Rights Law from National Law School, Bangalore.

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