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Gijubhai Badheka

Gijubhai Badheka

Indian educationist
Gijubhai Badheka
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Indian educationist
Was Writer Author Children's writer
From India
Type Literature
Gender male
Birth 15 November 1885, Saurashtra
Death 23 June 1939, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (aged 53 years)
The details


Gijubhai Badheka (15 November 1885 – 23 June 1939) born Chittal,in was an educationist who helped to introduce Montessori education methods to India. He is referred to as "Moochhali Maa" ("mother with whiskers"). In the first instance, Badheka was a high court lawyer. Following the birth of his son in 1923, he developed an interest in childhood development and education. In 1920, Badheka founded the "Bal Mandir" pre-primary school. Badheka published a number of works in the field of education including Divaswapna ("Daydreams").


Badheka was born in the Saurashtra region of western India. His given (first) name was "Girijashankar". Badheka grew up in Bhavnagar, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. In 1907, he moved to East Africa and later, Bombay for work. Badheka died on June 23, 1939 in Bhavnagar, India.

Contribution to education

In 1920, Badheka founded the Bal Mandir kindergarten. Later, Nanabhai Bhatt, Harbhai Trivedi and Badheka built the "Shree Dakshinamurti Gijubhai Vinay Mandir" school in Bhavnagar.

Published works

Badheka published close to 200 works including storybooks. His topics include children, education, travel and humour. However, his focus was books for children, parents and educators.

External sources

People from Bhavnagar district

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