Kamala Nimbkar Balbhavan 

A four-year-old girl, Sameera Qureshi refused to go to school after only two days of experience at a kindergarten. To convince her that school need not be such a terrible place, Dr. Berntsen decided to have a kindergarten in her backyard for the month of May. That is how Kamala Nimbkar Balbhavan was started and today Sameera is a Balwadi teacher in it. KNB is a full time Marathi medium school with classes from kindergarten to tenth (SSC).

When we started the Kamala Nimbkar Balbhavan in 1986 we set ourselves eight goals.

   The school should have a free and happy                atmosphere.

   The school should have children from all walks of life. There should be a concerted effort made to bring Backward Class children.

   The medium of instruction should be Marathi, but as the improvement of English cannot be denied, English should be taught from the first standard .

   Class size should be limited.

   Innovative, child-centered activity-based methods    should be used.

   Environment awareness should be included.

   The school should be secular.

   The school should become a resource center for other schools-especially government schools.


 The Building And Surroundings

The school building is an old seed warehouse converted into classrooms. An architect Engineer Thomas Kerr designed it using natural cooling systems.

KNB has big, shade giving trees around the building which makes it possible to hold classes outdoors.

In front of the building we have developed an open-air stage, and have also erected a jungle gym and poles for mallakhamb and rope mallakhamb.



The number of students per class is limited to about 35 in both the primary and secondary classes. The student body represents the society at large and has members from all walks of life. The number of girls and boys is roughly equal. The various backward classes represent 50 percent of the total student population.


KNB is committed to a policy of trying to see that each student succeeds. In eleven of the thirteen years in which students have sat for the SSC examination, the result has been 100 percent. We try to use innovative methods of teaching. Self learning and group studies are encouraged.