08 December 2019

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Knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and Durga  devi  is into  the business of imparting  knowledge and  wisdom to aspiring teachers in training.A graduate in zoology and married to Mr Reddy , who is into the hospitality industry, Durga  was just an ordinary  housewife  going about her  life happily.

  Sudden ill health made her undergo a series of medical tests and treatments, both allopathy and ayurveda. All this took its  toll on her  physically and emotionally and craving for a mental diversion,  enrolled for the advanced  diploma course in Montessori teacher’s training at Thiruvananthapuram.The course helped  to boost her morale and she gave it her very best , and came out with flying colours.  Her thirst for knowledge was not to be easily  quenched and she went on to do the postgraduate diploma  in Montessori training.She has also completed  a certificate course  in DECE- Diploma in Early  Childhood Education  from IGNOU.

One day , while browsing on the net, she came across  the International Integrated Montessori  kindergarten  teacher’s training institute based at Banglore. Durga was excited about the concept of incorporating and integrating the various kindergarten training techniques to formulate one that is pertinent and relevant to Indian schools. She was trained there, and with the encouragement and approval of her faculty there, she decided to open her own integrated teachers training institute at Ernakulam, since this concept was new to schools in Kerala.

With  the help of  her very supportive family and friends, she was able to find a suitable  place at Palarivattom , Ernakulam and  in September of 2009,  she started her own integrated teaches training institute.- the Happy Hours  integrated  nursery teachers  training Institute.’We follow a system of Waldorf, Reggio-  Amelia, Montessori , kindergarten  and traditional methods of teaching  all integrated to one , solely devoted to  cater to the Indian  system of education.’ – explains Durga.

 Ms Durga devi is the sole faculty right now at her training institute.  She has nine students training under her, who are all highly qualified and committed to the cause of imparting education. The duration of the course is 6 months and a half, precisely 130 working days.  The fee , is very nominal  compared to what is  charged at typical Montessori training institutes , which are very costly. Durga  charges a nominal 22500 and provides personalized training and  course materials too. Classes start by 10 and continues till 1 PM. ‘I finish  the   theory part in 5 months . Every day,  10- 30- minutes  are devoted to practical training- smiles Durga.

 To her credit,   schools  around the city  have asked her to train teachers for them  for the coming academic year. ‘The  pure  Montessori  institute for teachers  training is very costly and  the methodology  no longer  relevant to be taught in Indian schools’. Opines Durga.

''I plan to expand  and start  a play school  of my own, so  that I will be able  to provide placements  for teachers trained at my institute.’- says Durga .

She is truly determination personified. Her consistent and persistent efforts have all started to  pay off and  and we wish her  good luck as we take leave of her.  May all her dreams come to fruition.

 Durga can be contacted at 09746074978 and 09447013636.
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