About us - Beyond 8

We are reimagining learning so that everyone can dare to dream, and create their own paths to follow their passions.

Our Story

Back in 1995, Naveen joined a small play school his mother founded, called Headstart Nursery and Primary School. Soon, Raaji joined hands. What started out as small trials in classrooms there led to the school growing into HLC International, India’s first Ashoka Changemaker school.

The school they founded bloomed into a social incubation centre for new initiatives. And, over the years, the incubation centre has nurtured numerous ventures until each became a market facing business. Naveen and Raaji spent the better part of the next two decades evaluating what is taught and learnt in class rooms across the country and brought their best new ideas in reimagining education for social transformation.

It is their conviction that such transformation must happen because of the education we impart our children and young adults and not in spite of it, that led to the development of Beyond 8. Beyond 8 is made up of all their good ideas, collectively offered in a manner that can suit every learner in creating their own learning journeys. At Beyond 8, Naveen works closely with industry leaders in developing partnerships, while Raaji brings together all the building blocks of a 'real' education - one that can serve young learners in their adult life.

"THE ALTERNATIVE" TO SCHOOLING

Our Founders

Naveen Mahesh

Naveen Mahesh

CoFounder

Director and Managing Trustee of HLC, the Social Incubator, which is India's first Ashoka Changemaker school, located in Chennai. After many successful business ventures in multiple industries both here in India and in the US , Naveen has spent the last 2 decades reimagining school education. He has worked with tribal schools and with international education bodies such as Cambridge in pursuing new ideas in education throughout this period. Besides having co-founded a number of social initiatives, such as Karthavyam, Militvaa, Elina, Kognify and Explorers, he serves on the board of a few leading NGOs serving children attending government schools and private schools in tribal areas. He is currently also the Vice President of the TamilNadu Association of Cambridge Schools (TACS). Naveen was recognised as an “Uncommon Leader” by the Madras Management Association in July 2019

Raaji Naveen

Raaji Naveen

CoFounder

Trustee and Thought Enabler of HLC, the Social Incubator, which is India's first Ashoka Changemaker institution, located in Chennai. Raaji spent many years in business analysis and product management with MNCs in the US before joining school education in 2005. Since then she has been instrumental in enabling thought leadership, introducing evidence based research practices as well as shaping HLC's philosophical identity. She is a Harvard educated thought leader and enabler who is geared to stay abreast of the innovations and best practices that make learning visible. Besides having co-founded a number of social initiatives, such as Karthavyam, Militvaa, Elina, Kognify and Explorers, As a learner, ideator, social entrepreneur and Heutagogy expert she focuses on bringing evidence-based, systemic and impact focused approaches to the process of redesigning the education system. Raaji was recognised as an “Uncommon Leader” by the Madras Management Association in July 2019.

Beyond 8

Beyond 8 provides transformative pathways for high school learners to pursue the best collegiate liberal education in India & abroad.

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