Dr. Anju Chazot Dr. Anju Chazot

Dr. Anju Chazot

Founder-Director

Dr. Anju Chazot founded the Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) through a collaborative effort with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation as a Public Private Partnership in 1998. With a profound dedication towards fostering holistic education, Dr. Anju has cultivated MGIS into a unique K-12 institution authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, and BTEC (UK), while also partnering with Mission Laique Francaise. At MGIS, children embark on a journey of learning through real-life projects, research, and reflection, under Dr Anju’s guiding philosophy.

Qualifications
Dr. Anju’s academic journey is distinguished by her relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation. She holds a Doctorate in Education from King’s College, London, with a Specialization in Teacher Training, she has earned a Master’s Degree in Sciences of Education from the University of Paris 13, a degree in Linguistics from the University of Strasbourg, France and a Master’s in English Literature from Gujarat University, India.

Experience
Dr. Anju Chazot has over 25 years of experience in innovative teaching, parenting workshops & teacher training across India, Europe, Canada, and USA. She created and developed the Generated Resources Learning (GRL), an innovative, joyful and multi-sensorial pedagogy inspired from Indian and Western educators and philosophers such as Gandhi, Krishnamurti, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Piaget, Freinet, Dewey and Rogers.

The GRL pedagogy has been disseminated with CBSE, NCERT, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan as well as private progressive CBSE schools in India. The GRL pedagogy focuses on the joy of learning, happiness and autonomy of the child, use of the body and the senses, working with low cost or available resources, integrating new technologies, and innovative experiential learning and teacher training.

Dr. Anju’s contributions to education have been recognised both nationally and internationally. She has been appointed to many national committees for the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 by the Government of India.

  • Toy Based Pedagogy
  • Holistic Progress Card and
  • National Focus Group (Curriculum and Pedagogy)
  • Committee for Innovative Pedagogy and TLM

She has designed courses for TISS (Mumbai), CBSE and National Education Society for Tribal Students (Ministry of Tribal Affairs) and was appointed by the Ministry of Education as an independent jury member for the National Award for Teachers (NAT) presented by the Hon’ble President of India, in 2020 and in 2021.

Internationally, Dr. Anju Chazot has given teacher trainings at prestigious schools in France including in Normandy for the Education Department (Rectorat de Caen, Ministry of Education) and IRFA-EST, a center for training for adults in Mulhouse, Alsace and for the International Baccalaureate. She has spoken on Radio France Culture, Maison de la Radio and at the University of Montreal. She has also held several workshops for integrating intuition as a part of the school curriculum in Geneva, Moscow, and Paris.

Awards
Dr. Anju Chazot has been awarded the Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 2023, a medal bestowed by the Republic of France, (Ministry of Education) for distinguished academics. Dr. Anju has received the SheRise award by FICCI and Civil Society Award from the Election Commission of India (2016).

She has been nominated as a Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France (French Trade Advisor or CCE) by the Prime Minister of France. In this capacity, she works to promote Indo-French partnerships in the field of business, trade, industry, education and training.

Dr. Anju Chazot is part of the Laboratory for school for happiness at the University of Cergy Pontoise, France. She is also on the advisory board of AURO university in Surat, Gujarat.

Publications
Dr. Anju Kauwr Chazot has been an education columnist for prominent regional and English dailies such as The Asian Age, Ahmedabad Mirror, and Divya Bhaskar. Among her notable published works are ‘Clay Cures’, ‘Parenting for Teens in Modern Times’ and ‘l’Inde et ses Avatars’ (University of Montreal) focusing on education, along with several academic articles. Dr. Anju is currently in the process of writing several books on education for renowned French and Indian publishers.

Key Areas of Expertise
Dr. Anju Chazot believes that learning must be meaningful, having a purpose, and linked to the child’s context. She advocates for the decolonisation of the curriculum through meaningful projects linked to the learner’s context, integrating Indian art, culture and heritage. As a pioneer of joyful experiential learning in India, Dr. Anju introduced learning through projects, creation of games and toys instead of rote learning from textbooks. She believes in promoting an inclusive education that values each child’s unique gifts, abilities, needs and dreams, built on learning through collaboration, co-creation and communication. The GRL pedagogy focuses on diversity of the class group as a fundamental and powerful tool for learning.

Following the loss of their daughter, Tara, in 2014, both Dr. Anju Chazot and Dr. Pascal Chazot embarked on a spiritual journey. Currently, Dr. Anju is actively involved in developing a curriculum aimed at expanding human consciousness in school education by integrating the new discoveries in science, which she perceives as the pathway toward human empowerment.

Dr. Anju Chazot is fluent in English, French, Hindi, Gujarati, and is proficient in basic Punjabi.