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.
The World Health Organisation recommends that children between the age of five and 17 should accumulate at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily. However, many childr...
It's a frigid winter day in Srinagar, where political conflict has brought life to a standstill and shows no signs of abating. Children in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, who haven't seen the inside o...
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…
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.
Meet 28-year-old Lewitt Somarajan, the “happy go lucky” founder and CEO of LIFE (Learning Is Fun & Experiential) Labs -- an organization that envisions a world in which every child gets an education not by rote but by way of inquiry-based teaching and learning practices.
"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.
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.
In 2011, Neha Sahu co-founded Just For Kicks--an initiative that provided kids from low-income schools a platform to play football and apply learnings from the experience to academics. Today, there are more than 160 participating teams from both Teach For India as well as other miscellaneous low-income private and government schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15-year-old Anuj Nirmal's interests range from writing his blog, building robots, and researching on how to create learning apps to studying human psychology and predicting how people would behave in...