The Riverside Learning Center, is a pedagogical research and training organization, based in Ahmedabad, India, with a global reach in over 9 countries.

RLC offers customized training programs that provide ecosystem wide solutions to transform school cultures with processes and pedagogical practices designed for the 21st century learner. We believe that Design Thinking, with empathy at its core, is the key to create a unique and user-centered approach to learning and building school systems.

RLC uses this approach in its training programs to transform schools from standardized “one size fits all approach” to schools that value agency, co-creation and character over compliance, instruction and content.

OUR STORY

The genesis of RLC is in the story of The Riverside School, which is a brain-child of Kiran Bir Sethi - a designer turned educationist who has brought Design Thinking into Education. Bothered by her son's unfortunate experience at school, she gave up thriving design practice to start The Riverside School in 2001. Riverside since, has continued to innovate and prototype student-centric pedagogy and has developed into a vibrant lab that has earned recognitions, awards and acclamations world-wide.

In 2009, Kiran distilled the essence of the HumanE approach into a simple 4 step design thinking framework called FIDS {Feel (Empathy) Imagine (Ethics) Do (Excellence) Share (Elevation)} and launched Design for Change to have all children empowered with this mindset.

Design for Change is today the largest movement of change in the world.

RLC continuously strives to develop and offer programs that draw heavily from the tried and tested pedagogy of The Riverside School, to make it available and accessible to educators of all demographics.

“I was driven to create a school with humane culture that graduated humane citizens equipped with the knowledge, skills and passion to design a better world.”

- Kiran Sethi

Founder - Riverside Learning Center

RLC TEAM

RLC’s transformational training programs are backed by a strong team of trainers who have many years of experience at The Riverside School as teachers and as school-leaders. You will find them equally passionate about learning and sharing their experiences to support and enrich your journey with RLC. Meet our edu-heroes here…

  • Kiran Sethi

    Kiran Sethi, an educationist, designer and thinker is the founder of The Riverside School in 2001, aProCh.org (2007), Design For Change (DFC) (2009) and Riverside Learning Center (2010). Kiran has been a prominent thought leader and advocate for child centric education for over a decade. Recipient of many national and international awards..

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    Kiran Sethi


    Kiran Sethi, an educationist, designer and thinker is the founder of The Riverside School in 2001, aProCh.org (2007), Design For Change (DFC) (2009) and Riverside Learning Center (2010). Kiran has been a prominent thought leader and advocate for child centric education for over a decade.

    Recipient of many national and international awards, Kiran continues to use her design mind to find new ways to empower children with the I CAN Mindset. Her latest foray in this was when DFC with OIED hosted 4000 children from 40 countries in Rome to celebrate children and change-makers.

    Few of the recent achievements include….


    • In 2018, Kiran has been awarded the “Light of Freedom” Award, at the Vital Voices, U.S.A., Global Leadership Awards
    • In 2018 Edutopia covered The Riverside School for best practices
    • In January 2019, she has been honoured with the Lexus Design Award for 2019, in Pune, India
    • In March 2019, she was invited for one week to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as a Chen Yidan Visiting Global Fellow, to conduct classes and workshops for their Post-Grad students
    • In June, 2019, she was the Keynote Speaker at the OIEC International Congress in New York
    • In November, 2019, Design for Change conceptualised and helped to host the first ever All Faith - I CAN Children’s Global Summit at the Vatican in Rome from 27th to 30th November, with participation of over 2500 children from across 40 countries, who were blessed by the Pope!!

    Kiran currently resides in Ahmedabad with her husband – Geet Sethi and two wonderful children – their son, Raag and daughter, Jazz. She loves listening to music, watching movies, singing, dancing and has an insane love for fruit-filled Dark Chocolates!!!

  • Pranay Desai

    Pranay Desai has vast experience as a Visual Communication specialist. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda with core competency in the area of Graphic Design. At RLC, Pranay is responsible for the website design and the user interface of the I CAN platform.

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    Pranay Desai


    Pranay Desai has vast experience as a Visual Communication specialist. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda with core competency in the area of Graphic Design.

    At RLC, Pranay is responsible for the website design and the user interface of the I CAN platform. With his business acumen, he has also contributed in developing RLC’s business model.


    In his spare time, he is a passionate off roader and traveller.

  • Parul Patel

    Parul Patel is associated with The Riverside School since its inception in 2001. A B.Com graduate by education, she started her career as a Junior K.G. Teacher in 1990. Working as a School Administrator, Parul has actively spearheaded several initiatives started by The Riverside School, namely, aProCh.org, Design for Change and Koshish.

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    Parul Patel


    Parul Patel is associated with The Riverside School since its inception in 2001. A B.Com graduate by education, she started her career as a Junior K.G. Teacher in 1990. Working as a School Administrator, Parul has actively spearheaded several initiatives started by The Riverside School, namely, aProCh.org, Design for Change and Koshish. Her contribution to augment Joy of Giving program and the RTE program at Riverside has been exemplar. She now looks after the administrative work of RLC and ensures better implementation of processes and good governance at RLC. She enjoys reading and watching movies and is an out-and-out people's person. Her administrative skills are impeccable and she puts her heart and soul into everything that she does.

  • Shruti Narayanan

    A designer and growth hacker, who is fuelled by her passion for understanding the nuances of cross-cultural application of space, sustainability and design thinking to create not just buildings, but a feeling! Shruti Narayanan, has completed her undergraduate B.A.(Hons) program from Pearl Academy in Interior Architecture and Design.

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    Shruti Narayanan


    A designer and growth hacker, who is fuelled by her passion for understanding the nuances of cross-cultural application of space, sustainability and design thinking to create not just buildings, but a feeling! Shruti Narayanan, has completed her undergraduate B.A.(Hons) program from Pearl Academy in Interior Architecture and Design. 

    Her 'pursuit of knowledge' has always been a cherished obsession and a dominating influence for her. She comes with an experience in project management, space planning and computer aided designing. Her background in co-ordinating all facets of design, from conceptual processing’s to final delivery inform her mindful approach. She considers herself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on her academic foundations in design thinking and stay in tune with the latest technologies and techniques through continued coursework.

  • Nirav Modha

    Nirav Modha brings in many years of experience working with leading media houses in India and is the lead documenter (film-maker) for Riverside Learning Center, converting the complex educational processes into short films that are simple to understand and easy to share. Nirav has a post graduate degree in Multimedia and International Trade..

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    Nirav Modha


    Nirav Modha brings in many years of experience working with leading media houses in India and is the lead documenter (film-maker) for Riverside Learning Center, converting the complex educational processes into short films that are simple to understand and easy to share. Nirav has a post graduate degree in Multimedia and International Trade, and has been working with Riverside on process documentation for the past seven years. He has specialised in Motion Graphics, Brand Solutions and Post production. He also runs his own creative agency, Talkingcloud. Outside of the workplace, Nirav is passionate about both nature and yoga.

RLC CONSULTANTS

  • Namrata Jajoo

    A keen observer and learner at heart, Namrata's role as ‘content creator’ for the I CAN SCHOOL aligns very well with her passion for contributing to the well-being and development of educators and students. She has more than two decades of diverse work experience in the fields of corporate communications, marketing, and education.

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    Namrata Jajoo


    A keen observer and learner at heart, Namrata's role as ‘content creator’ for the I CAN SCHOOL aligns very well with her passion for contributing to the well-being and development of educators and students. She has more than two decades of diverse work experience in the fields of corporate communications, marketing, and education. She has completed her PhD in ‘Quality Circles’ and has received training from Harvard Business School and IIM, and is also a Gallup certified Clifton Strengths Finder Coach. Namrata has a keen interest in the Indian art forms and deeply believes in human potential and its connectedness with nature.

  • Neena Mehta

    Neena has a cumulative working experience of over 15 years as a business programmer for a manufacturing company in the USA, lead coordinator for aproch.org at The Riverside School for 5 years and since 2014 at Riverside Learning Center, managing Business Relations and Training Programs.

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    Neena Mehta


    Neena has a cumulative working experience of over 15 years as a business programmer for a manufacturing company in the USA, lead coordinator for aproch.org at The Riverside School for 5 years and since 2014 at Riverside Learning Center, managing Business Relations and Training Programs. Neena has Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from Sydenham College (Mumbai), a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University (USA), in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Management from NIIT.

    Neena finds her relaxation in meditation, playing different sports and occasional singing.

  • Vishwa Srivastava

    Vishwa Srivastava has been in the education line for more than a decade, working in the capacity of a teacher, trainer, coach, and a pedagogist. He conducts Workshops / Training for clients of Riverside Learning Center as also engaged as an Educator at Riverside School.

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    Vishwa Srivastava


    Vishwa Srivastava has been in the education line for more than a decade, working in the capacity of a teacher, trainer, coach, and a pedagogist. He conducts Workshops / Training for clients of Riverside Learning Center as also engaged as an Educator at Riverside School.
    He has a Masters (Hons.) degree in Psychology, a 9-month Diploma in School Management & Leadership from Harvard Business School, and a Master's degree in English Literature. Vishwa is a lifelong learner.

  • Raag Sethi

    Raag Sethi graduated from the Woodstock International School in Missouri in 2009, after which he took a gap year to work for the Design for Change contest which was featured in TED that same year. He completed his undergraduate degree from Chapman University, California in Integrated Educational Studies with an emphasis on schools..

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    Raag Sethi


    Raag Sethi graduated from the Woodstock International School in Missouri in 2009, after which he took a gap year to work for the Design for Change contest which was featured in TED that same year. He completed his undergraduate degree from Chapman University, California in Integrated Educational Studies with an emphasis on schools in the community and music performance in Classical Guitar.

    Currently he works at The Riverside School, conducting Professional Development courses for teachers regarding Pedagogy and teaching Music, Global Perspective and Literature to High School students. He also spends considerable time providing consultancy to Riverside Learning Center, specifically for impact measurement and observation processes.

    He also has a Jazz band in Ahmedabad and organizes the Ahmedabad Jazz & Blues festival annually. Raag is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Psychology in Child and Adolescent Development.

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RLC has carefully crafted training programs with mind-shift modules which are universally applicable in all organizations - corporate, governmental and educational. However, the range of offerings listed here are designed to transform pedagogy and leadership in any school eco-system.

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