It is perhaps, a revelation and disturbing one that in a survey conducted by the Scooldudes team across 8 major cities in India and covering about 5000 school-going children has found out that 50% of the surveyed children in Chennai are acutely stressed with the reasons cited being heavy syllabus, long study hours (incl. after school tuition), parental/teacher pressure and lack of confidence. Thankfully, Mr Ramachandran Kannan, an XLRI alumnus (1982 batch) and a HR Professional turned Academician, seems to have come up with a workable solution to this vexing issue, courtesy, the innovative and engaging App Scooldudes formally launched in Chennai on 11th April 2019. The timing could not have been better what with the summer vacations just about to commence and the parents and children desperate to seek promising after-school engagement programs.
Launching the Scooldudes App, Mr B Santhanam, Managing Director, St. Gobain India Pvt. Ltd., lauded this initiative and said that this innovative effort will go a long way in addressing the major concern of today’s parents and exhorted the children and parents to fully utilise the functionalities of the App. The glittering App Launch function also witnessed a Panel Discussion on the very relevant topic of How Important is After School Activities vis a vis Academics. Mrs. Teresa, Headmistress, Sishya School, Mrs. Chithra Ravi, Founder, Chrysalis, Mr. Sanjay Rao, Emotional Intelligence Coach and Ms. Vijayalakshmi MCC Executive, Wellness and Life Coach, made the discussions a very lively one which was moderated by Mr Ramachandran Kannan. Mrs. Teresa also mentioned that it is very important that children engage in some after school activities to destress themselves.
Started in 2013, as a fun-filled after-school hangout for the children between the age-group of 12 to 18 years, currently, Scooldudes has a presence in Chennai and other Southern States. Recent entrant to Mumbai, Schooldudes will soon expand to other parts of India including Kolkata, New Delhi and other Tier I and Tier II cities in the next one year. The company is also planning for a global launch in the near term.
With over 10,000 participants already signed in through its interactive online internet and off-line engagement platform in the form of communities, Scooldudes gives children an opportunity to bond with their counterparts and gain experience that would help in developing their life skills through daily activities such as contests, and express/develop their creative, literary and thinking skills. The well attended event concluded with the felicitation of the Panel Members followed by vote of thanks.