Mina Swaminathan is an educator by profession with a specialization in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). She worked with Mobile Crèches, an organization which pioneered with day care for the children of poor women, especially construction workers, and the use of theatre for community education. She has served in an advisory capacity to the Government of India on several occasions and has been a consultant to several Asian countries. Over the last twenty years, she has been active in the areas of advocacy, trainers' training, development of resource materials, communication and networking in ECCE and in the field of women's theatre and gender studies.
Mina was the Honorary Director of ACCESS, a project of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai concerned with child care services for the young child. She was also the Honorary Director of the Uttara Devi Resource Centre for Gender and Development and Voicing Silence, which fosters women's theatre for women's development.
Mariyanne lives in Chennai, but was born and brought up in the Netherlands. She has a passion for languages and knows English, German, French, Spanish and of course her mother tongue, Dutch. Having lived in India since 1983, she has also picked up Indian languages such as Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati. Mariyanne began her teaching and translation career 20 years ago as a Spanish Language trainer at the Cultural Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A few years later she switched to specializing in Dutch. She established Dutch-Able, a language school specialized in teaching Dutch language and culture. Mariyanne has conducted a number of courses for individuals and customized courses for companies, in addition to preparing candidates for several civic integration exam courses.
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