We at Kaveri Gifted Education and Research Center firmly believe that gifted children have the potential and capacity to become leaders and change makers as they demonstrate high capability in intellectual, creative, artistic areas, leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.
An estimated 19 million Indian children in the age group of 6-15 years are gifted. This makes it essential and urgent to recognize and nurture their potential. Most gifted children have a quick grasping ability and need advanced material as they learn faster than the speed assumed by the typical curricula and instructions that are designed for their age. Moreover, they have unique socio-emotional needs and challenges, which when neglected, result in boredom or disruption in the classroom, or isolation due to incompatibility with age peers. These issues may lead to gifted children hiding their real potential and underachieving. Alternatively, not addressing the socio-emotional needs of a gifted child can lead to behavioural issues and stress to perform for the child.
India has become more aware of the needs of the learning disabled and differently abled in the last decade, but the needs of those on the other end of the spectrum are not completely understood. Efforts to address the needs of this group thus far have followed a segregated approach (e.g. Jnana Prabodhini and Navodaya Vidyalayas are schools exclusively for gifted children).
However, it is difficult to reach out to a large number of gifted children in this manner. We therefore opt for the development an inclusive model of gifted education, where the needs of the gifted are addressed in a regular school system without isolating or mystifying the gifted child.