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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Today, she is the Head of Academics at the 3.2.1. Education Foundation. From leading curriculum design to overseeing student learning and teacher training, she does it all with humble aplomb. Armed with her zeal for an excellent education for every child, she goes about her work with the aim of learning something new every day. Looking at Seema Kamble, I see a headstrong, confident young woman ready to take up any challenge that comes in the way of her passion for education.
25/06/2015 9:00 PM IST
I love my kids - just like a parent or an elder brother would. And I won't abandon them midway - the plan is to see them through their board exams at the very least. My destiny brought me to Geeta Vikas; my resolve to ensure a bright future for these children has made me stay.
18/06/2015 8:13 AM IST
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