Sophia Kasim Kasuri

CEO, Gymboree Play & Music Pakistan

Ms Sophia Kasim Kasuri, Director Gymboree Play & Music Pakistan, has received the award for Woman of Inspiration as a Trendsetter Educationist of Pakistan. She was selected for Wonder Women by the National Hero Foundation, an award which recognises and honours exceptional Pakistani women for their achievements in all walks of life. Early childhood education is not merely an academic interest for Ms Kasuri – she is passionate about its importance and the need to develop more awareness among parents of its benefits. Having been involved in early childhood development for the past 10 years – initially as Founder and Director of The Early Years, and then as the Project Director of Gymboree Play & Learn – Ms Kasuri has paved the way for a better understanding of the importance of early childhood education in Pakistan. As Director of Gymboree Play & Learn, she is involved with the implementation and strategic development of the franchise as well as teacher education and curriculum development. Ms Kasuri’s primary focus within the broad field of early childhood development is on creating awareness not only of how crucial a child’s first few years are in terms of their physical, mental and behavioural development, but also on how to work with parents to facilitate social skills and personality development.

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