Bring­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of light to Mana

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE WEDD

Kun­jal Kansara, Kavita Tyagi and Papu Subra­ma­niam lived worlds apart in their home coun­try of In­dia.

Now the three In­dian Porse ed­u­ca­tors have united in Mana and de­vel­oped a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship – all three bring­ing a lit­tle taste of In­dia to early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

Porse is a New Zealand-born in­home child­care pro­gramme.

Subra­ma­niam came to New Zealand 14 years ago. She was a kinder­garten teacher in In­dia.

‘‘Af­ter rais­ing my own chil­dren I wanted to stay at home and look af­ter other chil­dren, so I be­came a Porse ed­u­ca­tor,’’ she said.

Subra­ma­niam said the child­care sys­tem in In­dia was dif­fer­ent be­cause chil­dren started com­pul­sory ju­nior kinder­garten when they were 31⁄

Kansara came to New Zealand in 2001 and started her ca­reer with Porse when her son was 1. She is now a pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tor and said she looked af­ter chil­dren from var­i­ous cul­tures.

‘‘We don’t have any of our fam­ily here so I have be­come very at­tached to my Porse fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘We only have one child, so my son loves play­ing with the other chil­dren and build­ing re­la­tion­ships. They have be­come like his younger broth­ers and sis­ters.’’

She looks af­ter six chil­dren part-time, in­clud­ing Grayson Mor­ris, 7 months, Alisa Ros, 3, Ma­son Stut­ter, 3, Eva Ab­dul­latif Mo­hammed, 3, Benson, 3, and Har­vey Garett-Wat­son, 21 months.

Tyagi said be­com­ing an in-home ed­u­ca­tor was the per­fect ca­reer choice when she came to New Zealand 11 years ago.

‘‘ My daugh­ter was just 18 months old when we left In­dia, so it was great to be able to work from home in New Zealand and be there for my own two chil­dren,’’ she said.

‘‘I also en­joy run­ning my own busi­ness and be­ing my own boss.’’

Both Kansara and Tyagi got to­gether at the end of last year and shared some of their cul­ture with other Porse ed­u­ca­tors and chil­dren. They or­gan­ised a Di­wali Day, a Hindu fes­ti­val.

‘‘Ev­ery­one got in­volved and we had a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion. We made the tea lights, can­dle hold­ers and In­dian food and dressed up in saris,’’ Kansara said.

‘‘ The chil­dren loved all the colour and en­joyed ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. ’’


Po­etic Africa: From left, Tony Hop­kins, Sam Man­zanza, Lewis Scott, In­shi­rah Ma­hal, and, in front, Makuei Aken, pre­pare for Po­etic Voices of Africa.


In-home ed­u­ca­tion: Porse ed­u­ca­tor Kun­jal Kansara with two of the chil­dren she looks af­ter, Ma­son Stut­ter, left, and Alisa Ros.

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