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Teach For India

A nationwide movement that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India

Teach For India aims to create a movement of leaders who will work towards eliminating the education crisis in India. The organisation does this through its Fellowship program wherein outstanding young professionals and college graduates are placed in low income and under resourced schools as full time teachers who teach under privileged children.

Irshana Thought She Was Lost From Her Parents Forever, Until Her Teacher Tracked Them Down

One day while playing with her friends back at her village, Irshana decided to hide in a nearby train. Tired from all the running around, she fell asleep in the train as she waited for her friends to come and find her. When she woke up hours later, the train was moving. Panic-struck, she started to cry. She later came to know that the train was headed to Delhi…
29/08/2016 2:08 PM IST

This Performance Arts Project For Kids Brought Mothers Out Of Their Shell Too

In 2013, Deeganta Dutta, an MBA from IIM Calcutta, had just finished his sixth year as a consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. It might seem unlikely that he would then begin working closely with Nidhi Lamba, a bioscience graduate trained in theatre from the National School of Drama, but as Teach For India Fellows, this is precisely the sort of experience they anticipated. In fact, it is unique collaborations like these that lead to amazing initiatives like Project Aarzoo.
29/08/2016 2:07 PM IST
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‘People Like You And I Just Don't Become Teachers'

"Ten years ago, people were critiquing me for my choices, asking why I wasn't an engineer at Infosys or TCS," says Sathyanand Swaminathan, who began his career in the development sector more than a decade ago. Today, he's thriving. He's a manager with Karadi Path, an innovative non-profit organization that provides language-learning programs to more than 1200 schools across India. "Working in the social sector is considered a viable career option today. It was previously a rich man's hobby. It's now a respectable choice," he says.
17/06/2016 8:26 AM IST

Linking Teachers' Pay To Student Outcomes Could Be The Game-Changer Our Schools Need

Just criticizing ill-performing teachers isn't a solution; we must go beyond that. A well-crafted incentive structure which rewards expected behaviour and discourages unacceptable conduct must be put in place. Introducing variable pay into the salary package of the staff is something to start with--linking the same with student outcomes would be a game-changer.
25/04/2016 10:43 AM IST
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Intolerant India: Are We Teaching Our Young To Speak Up But Dumb Down?

In a country where humility is fashionable only if you're Rahul Dravid and the objective of most discussions seems to be to win, a spirit of inquiry and openness to feedback that is the core of every healthy debate, is lacking. These are symptoms of a larger problem -- our culture dictates that the aggressor largely be forgiven, even celebrated, as long as he wins the fight.
17/01/2016 8:29 AM IST

A Matter Of Opinion: Teaching Kids How To Think For Themselves

The most important skill that every teacher should teach is the difference between a fact and an opinion. That's half the battle won. If the student can do that then she/he takes the first step towards learning how to form an opinion. The second thing that teachers should focus on is instilling an understanding of how an informed opinion is one that is backed by facts.
06/01/2016 8:14 AM IST
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Why Closing The Opportunity Gap Is The Key To Reducing Inequality

We have among the highest number of millionaires in the world but a large percentage of the population lives in poverty. We churn out doctors and engineers but also have a high illiteracy rate. Inequality is present in every form in India. While the extent of the wealth gap is undisputable, what we should really focus on is the opportunity gap. Levelling the playing field is different. We first need to make sure that everyone has access to a field.
28/12/2015 8:16 AM IST
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Children Can Change The World – If We Let Them

Having worked in the education sector for the past three years, I've come up against many issues that need urgent fixing. However, I've encountered many promising stories of change as well. My experiences have taught me that if children deeply understand social issues and decide to take charge, they can not only influence their own lives but also create a tremendous positive impact within their communities.
26/12/2015 8:21 AM IST

6 Reasons Why You Should Involve Your Kids In Solving Social Issues

Ours is a society with many contradictions. While we aspire to have a better life and environment, we try to insulate ourselves from the problems around us. We protect our children from social issues instead of letting them take charge and look for solutions. The result is children growing up disconnected from our harsh social reality. Here are a few compelling reasons to expose children to social issues and let them lead the change.
24/11/2015 8:17 AM IST
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More Than Education: Govt's Focus On Skills, Employability Is A Step Towards ‘Achche Din'

The latest Union Budget infamously reduced the total allocation to education by around 2%. However, there were several positive developments -- the expenditure on secondary and tertiary education was increased by a whopping 22%. The department of Higher Education was allotted Rs 26,855.26 crore, a significant improvement from last year's revised estimates of Rs 23,700 crore. But what was even more heartening was the increased focus on skilled labour.
29/10/2015 8:11 AM IST
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Reaching For The Horizon

A student of Epiphany High School, Priyanka comes from a low-income community in Pune and has been brought up by a single mother, as her father has been in prison for quite some time. Having been a regular part of various street plays and theatre performances in school, Priyanka got noticed by Ahona Krishna - a 2011-13 Teach For India Fellow at Epiphany - who immediately requested that she audition for the upcoming Teach For India Maya Musical - a partnership between Teach For India students and Broadway artists.
17/09/2015 2:21 PM IST
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The Power Of The Collective

My friend and I managed to get the permissions to teach for free in a Balwadi classroom in the railway complex. It was at this time that I saw an ad for the Teach For India Fellowship program. I remember thinking that if I was doing this in all of my spare time anyway, why not take it up full-time and work towards actually solving the education crisis at scale!
15/09/2015 2:42 PM IST
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How A 13-Year-Old Helped To Innovate Learning In His Classroom And Beyond

Through collective brainstorming, Aman and his classmates hit upon the idea of starting informal learning circles (LCs) that could be run by the students and for the students. "Teachers sometimes have a lot of admin work because of which it might be really hard for them to focus on each and every child in the classroom. I thought LCs would be a great way for us to make a difference to this problem that some of our classmates face every day," he says with wisdom beyond his years.
24/08/2015 8:12 AM IST
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How A 22-Year-Old Brought Hope To Dozens Of Disadvantaged Children

She is just 22 years old, but she has already traversed the challenges of being a teacher to 36 sixth graders from low-income communities, a friend to their parents and families and now a mentor to a group of Teach For India Fellows as their Program Manager. Angeline Dias, or "Angie" as she is lovingly called, reflects a depth of wisdom that belies her years, along with a tenacity to explore even the seemingly impossible.
13/08/2015 8:15 AM IST
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The Other Half Of Women's Empowerment

For decades, the women's empowerment movement in India has worked tirelessly to provide voices to the formerly voiceless. These movements have brought many women financial independence and actively promoted the importance of female literacy. However, as the female empowerment movement has evolved, it is clear that the next and required step must be to engage with the other half of the gender equation: men and boys.
02/08/2015 8:14 AM IST
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How An Engineering Graduate Became Teacher Of The Year

It was in his final year of engineering, as he was preparing for the Civil Services examinations, that Jai came across Teach For India's vision -- One Day All Children Will Attain An Excellent Education. He shares: "It got me thinking. Having lived in an underprivileged community myself, I wanted to empower children like myself to rise to their potential. As an Indian citizen, it's my responsibility to contribute to my country's development."
14/07/2015 8:24 AM IST