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House of Knowledge Celebrates 10th Anniversary

September, 2017
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house-of-knowledge-10-yearsIn June, over 500 guests attended a party with international food, drinks and kids’ activities at the House of Knowledge (HoK) Shunyi Campus to celebrate the school’s 10th anniversary.

Back in 2007, a man from Germany decided it was time to open a Kindergarten in Beijing, and so HoK was born. When Farshad Danicek, founder of the international Kindergarten, began this educational journey 10 years ago, he could not have known how far his relatively unconventional approach to education was going to take him.

What started out as a budding Kindergarten with 36 children in the former Liyuan Campus, has now, a decade later, expanded to include Elementary years and moved on to two new campuses, one in Shunyi, the other near Chaoyang Park. 

Now, HoK is home to over 170 students.

“Ten years ago, I had no idea how to be an entrepreneur. I became one by entering China. I’m not quite sure how the whole thing started, but more important to me was to stay in the field of education. The most crucial thing to me at that point was not only to create a place for children but to create a place for families,” says Danicek.

Nana has been at HoK since day one. Known around campus as one of the school’s founding teachers, Nana recounts well how it all began: “A funny story was when I went with Farshad [Danicek] and three kids to the playground. One of the old neighbors said, ‘Oh, those are your kids,’ because in the beginning, I had only three students. But now we have so many kids. I am always excited to see House of Knowledge grow.”

Unsurprisingly, given his down-to-earth approach, Danicek hopes to toast the anniversary with friends and family. And he shares there certainly will be tears: “But more importantly, we will celebrate not the last ten years, but the future path. I want to celebrate with my friends the upcoming ten years.”

 

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