NAREN­DRA GOIDANI throws light on his ini­tia­tive, KEEP MOV­ING MOVE­MENTS

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Citadel, NAREN­DRA GOIDANI throws light on his ini­tia­tive, KEEP MOV­ING MOVE­MENTS, which is helping thou­sands to lit­er­ally keep mov­ing in their lives.


Naren­dra Goidani, the founder of Life School, has been con­duct­ing in­spi­ra­tional train­ing pro­grammes for peo­ple from all walks of life, for more than 18 years. His main fo­cus is train­ing peo­ple on ‘Em­pow­ered Liv­ing’. Be­ing able to iden­tify tal­ent and nur­ture it, he has been men­tor­ing thou­sands across the globe. His em­phatic long stand­ing ‘Life Value’ has been th­ese two words: ‘In­spire OR Ex­pire’. Through his trans­for­ma­tional ora­tion, in­spi­ra­tional writ­ings, and em­pa­thetic train­ing, he has made a dif­fer­ence in in­nu­mer­able lives. Naren­dra has also tried his hand at writ­ing by pen­ning down his de­but novel, Keep Mov­ing. It cov­ers top­ics and con­cepts from real life sit­u­a­tions, and can be read by any­one and ev­ery­one who be­lieves in grow­ing and liv­ing a mean­ing­ful life. In 2012, along with a group of like-minded au­thors, he au­thored an­other book, Win Be­fore You Be­gin. This tome is about a group of friends grap­pling with their shack­les, rediscovering their strengths, and emerg­ing victorious. Sub­se­quently, he wrote the sec­ond book in the Keep Mov­ing se­ries, Keep Mov­ing 2 and re­leased a col­lec­tion of 12 books, which cov­ers var­i­ous as­pects of life. Ac­cord­ing to Naren­dra, the youth of this coun­try has the po­ten­tial to bring In­dia its de­served pedestal in the world. In or­der to em­power stu­dents to­wards this des­ti­na­tion, he has started a so­cial ini­tia­tive – ‘Keep Mov­ing Move­ment’. Un­der this ini­tia­tive, Naren­dra and his team has been im­part­ing life­trans­form­ing train­ing for teach­ers and stu­dents of stan­dard IX and X in English, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu and Gu­jrati free of cost. This project is con­ducted by a com­mit­ted force of over 551 vol­un­teers who are trained to con­duct th­ese life-trans­form­ing ses­sions. Till 2017, this move­ment has worked in 33 cities and over 200 schools. What’s more, over 2,500 vol­un­teers have di­rectly worked with over 30,000 teach­ers, ex­pand­ing its out­reach to over 2,00,000 stu­dents. Start­ing off the con­ver­sa­tion with Naren­dra Goidani, Founder, Life School, we ask him about its in­cep­tion. Naren­dra says, “We cre­ated ‘Life School Foun­da­tion’ to re­turn a bit of

this tenac­ity and guid­ance, which we have been blessed in abun­dance, by life. Through Life School Foun­da­tion, we con­duct an amaz­ing move­ment for school stu­dents and teach­ers through an ini­tia­tive called ‘Keep Mov­ing Move­ment’. We in Life School Foun­da­tion, as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity to play our part and make this world a bet­ter place to live in. Keep Mov­ing Move­ment was thus born on Jan­uary 20, 2001.” Life School has been grow­ing from strength to strength, with each pass­ing day. With a base of 14 vol­un­teers ini­tially, the num­ber has sub­stan­tially in­creased to 551. It has now over 500 vol­un­teers, cater­ing to 20,432 stu­dents who are a sig­nif­i­cant part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. In terms of ex­pan­sion, the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates in 15 cities, in ad­di­tion to its global pres­ence. Want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren, Naren­dra started Life School to fo­cus more on skills, which will keep hu­mans one step ahead of ro­bots. He states, “What if we have a plat­form wherein we can make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren di­rectly and sig­nif­i­cantly by equip­ping them with th­ese skills and traits? Keep­ing this point in mind, we started Life School.” On be­ing asked about the need to start off an ini­tia­tive of this kind, Naren­dra re­sponds, “I am a very keen ob­server of the things that are hap­pen­ing around me. I was very shocked when I came to know about ed­u­cated peo­ple com­mit­ting sui­cide, an auto rick­shaw driver who dropped me to the air­port was an en­gi­neer who did not get a job. It is dis­turb­ing to see too much anger in the younger gen­er­a­tion, which leads them to an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent path. Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion th­ese things, we started off with the ini­tia­tive Keep Mov­ing Move­ments.” Next, we ask Naren­dra about how he coined the name Keep Mov­ing Move­ments. He elab­o­rates, “The name Keep Mov­ing Move­ments came out of a very sim­ple ob­ser­va­tion. Nowa­days, peo­ple tend to give up too fast. Some peo­ple be­lieve that they do not have enough. Hence, they don’t even start. There are many peo­ple who live an­chored in their com­fort zones. They are so scared of fail­ure, that they don’t grab the op­por­tu­ni­ties life blesses them with. In or­der to find a so­lu­tion to all th­ese prob­lems/queries, that would help them in the worst of the times, we came up with the so­lu­tion of keep­ing on mov­ing in your life, and hence the move­ment is called Keep Mov­ing Move­ment.” De­scrib­ing the ex­e­cu­tion process in de­tail, Naren­dra enun­ci­ates, “Firstly, we in­vite the schools to reg­is­ter for the move­ment, then we con­duct an ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme for vol­un­teers who wish to join, post which the vol­un­teers are in­vited to reg­is­ter them­selves. The vol­un­teers are then trained for pub­lic speak­ing. They are equipped with in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to em­power stu­dents in the class.” Ex­plain­ing fur­ther, he con­tin­ues, “The vol­un­teers are then teamed into 32 groups. Each group is led by an Area Co-co­or­di­na­tor (AC). The ACs are taken for an out-bound train­ing pro­gramme un­der my guid­ance.

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