Ark appoints Executive Principal for new school in India

Ark is delighted to announce Urmila Chowdhury as Executive Principal for the charity’s first primary school in India.

As part of the Ark India schools team, Urmila will lead the development of Ark’s primary education, working alongside colleagues from Ark’s UK and international teams. Urmila will be leading our team of teachers and education specialists as Ark embarks on setting up its first school in India.

The school, which will be located in South Delhi and will work through a government partnership, will be free to attend, as well as seeking to provide an excellent education for disadvantaged children and ultimately impact the education system more widely.

Urmila brings over twenty five years of teaching experience, gained in Kolkata and New Delhi. She spent 15 years at the prestigious Shri Ram School in New Delhi as teacher, academic coordinator and the Vice Principal. She has particular expertise in English language teaching and working with children on poetry and creative writing. She has also trained teachers extensively, both in delivering the curriculum and in classroom management.

More recently, Urmila worked as a consultant with the Ahvaan Trust for Education, an organisation working to build the capacity of government schools in North Delhi. During this time, she focused specifically on working with children from underprivileged backgrounds, and developing solutions to the challenges that they face in learning. She also worked with Tiara Charitable Foundation which helps students, humanitarian charities, and educational institutions by giving grants and other forms of tailored support.

Susannah Hares, Ark’s International Director, said: “With over three decades of experience in Indian education, Urmila brings a wealth of knowledge on providing excellent teaching and a deep commitment to tackling educational disadvantage.

“Urmila will be instrumental in realising our goal of providing not only an outstanding primary school in South Delhi, but also demonstrating the impact that innovative and successful educational approaches can have on the education system as a whole.”