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.