TFI's 10th year logos designed by students
As Teach For India celebrates its 10th year, we are truly grateful to you for having embarked on this journey with us. Summarising the progress that we have made and the challenges we have faced last quarter – The three most important areas where we've learned and made improvements are:
1. The relay model has been working and our students are being prepared for life in the real world as they graduate.
2. Our Alumni are feeling strongly about systemic change with the Alumni leaders spread across various sectors and levels within schools and communities, leading social impact organisations, and driving change within the Government.
3. We are focusing on our need for innovation in order to reach our Phase 3 (2017-2022) goal of impacting 1 million kids by 2022. Our innovation cell project, TFIx, is supporting entrepreneurs to adapt the TFI Fellowship model and launch leadership Fellowships across India.
In this quarter, we will strengthen the organization to make it safer, fairer, and more supportive of the communities that we operate in.
1. Reimagine policies & training: This initiative is being led by our Chief Operating Ocer, Ritu. Our vision and goal are to implement sustainable behavioural changes and look at this holistically; from policy reviews to learning and development-oriented trainings for all operational sta, fellows and individuals as well as preventive measures for the future, monitoring and evaluation, recourse measures for our people and closing the loop with them. We are evaluating the Sexual harassment policy, the Child Protection Policy and the Fellow Code of Conduct in this quarter.
2. Fellowship Program: We will reassess the breadth of programmatic support needed by our Fellows with an aim of maximising impact on students, while maintaining a focus on the well-being of our Fellows.
3. Organisational Health: We will undertake a deep dive to uncover any additional root causes that can impact organizational strengthening; our Strategy and Learning team will lead an eort in partnership with Mckinsey & Co., to diagnose our organisation’s health. The recommendations from this study, which will end in Feb 2019, will feed into medium term changes designed to strengthen our culture and organizational backbone.
The impact of Teach For India’s programs is evident across all stakeholders
Impact of the program on the students : A Longitudinal study done in collaboration with Columbia University and Educational Initiatives suggests that Teach For India students perform 7 times better in language and twice as better in Math as compared to their peers. In 2016 , our first batch of students appeared for their Grade 10 exams and secured a pass rate of 94%. In 2017, the second cohort achieved a pass rate of 96%.
Impact of the program on Fellows: While joining the Fellowship only 9% of the Fellows state that they will continue in the development sector post the Fellowship. We’ve observed that as Alumni, over 74% remain in the development sector, thus making Teach For India one of the largest talent providers in the space.
Impact of the program on our Alumni : Our Alumni have created impact through positions of leadership and influence at all levels of the education ecosystem. We incubate Alumni entrepreneurs, support the growth of Alumni-led projects and learning communities and create platforms to foster connection and collaboration.
- InnovatED incubates early-stage education entrepreneurs in a 9-month program that includes financial support, mentorship and in-person bootcamps. Our Alumni have already set up more than 35 start-ups in the field of education.
- The Alumni Leadership Incubator, creates opportunities and provides the financial assistance, mentorship and skill-building for Alumni to work in positions from school leadership to roles within the state governments. Through this program, our Alumni work as Assistant School Leaders in the system, and are placed directly within the government system.
- Teach For India Connect is a digital platform that connects our growing community of 2500 Alumni in a common virtual space. Launched just three months ago, Teach For India Connect already has approximately 1200 Alumni connecting to have greater impact.
While the Fellowship and Alumni Continuum remain the core leadership development funnel, we’ve constantly innovated and designed solutions to scale and develop a critical mass of leaders within and outside the sector to affect change
To address scale and rural India, we’ve innovated with a pilot – TFIx - that develops leaders committed to educating every child, in every corner of the country. Through a year-long incubation program and a life-long community of support, we enable entrepreneurs to launch and sustain independent, high-impact Fellowships to build local leadership.TFIx advances beyond urban metropolises and English-medium contexts, reaching states such as Bihar, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh. This year, the first batch of TFIx Alumni was launched. It contained 8 TFIx Alumni, branching out to 200 Fellows impacting 29,000 students.Read about TFIx's 2018 Cohort.
The Kids Education Revolution is a committed collective of schools and educational organizations that are working towards reimagining education at scale and are driven by a profound belief in the power of student leadership. Kids Education Revolution (KER) supports a student-led re-imagination of education. The KER team focuses on sparking the idea of student-led change through a series of workshops, regional Summits, and a student-led National Summit highlighting the work of partnering schools and organizations such as Avasara Academy, Akanksha Foundation and many more. Read about the many KER workshops held
Our Online Teacher training portal- Firki enables teachers across the country to access an open-source, online teacjer training portal to support their professional development. Firki’s portal constitutes over 60 courses with engaging content, video based learning, web application, and enables interaction among educators. Read about the evolution of Firki.