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Aug 2, 2019

Fellow Sankirtana's leadership journey!

Every Fellow at Teach For India, craft their unique experience of Fellowship journey with their students! Please read the leadership experiences of our Year 2 Fellow, Sankirtana.

"My journey so far has been one filled with learnings of all kinds. Right from being immensely solution oriented, to enhancing the skill of execution, to vision casting, to planning, to balancing care and candor, every aspect of my life has undergone a revamp, in a meaningful way.

In the classrooms I teach, I have seen a holistic improvement in my children’s approach to studying as such. In Science especially, I have noticed a huge improvement in students taking up real life application projects of their own accord that led to increased investment in classes s as to implement heir learnings in real world situations.

The students conducted a Science seminar in the first term under the guidance of my then co-fellow and myself. Through this, we saw a lot of positive shifts In terms of student accountability, student leadership and ownership, apart from increased interest in Science as a subject.

During my first term, I conducted a school level seminar on Independence Day through which students spoke about the diversity in Indian culture, by highlighting different aspects of 9 different states in India. This included them conducting research, gathering information and dressing up in the traditional attire of that state. To top things off, the students conducted a quiz for all attendees to highlight the importance of the National Anthem. 

I think my most exciting moment last year has been the following: I had a student in my class who’d consistently seemed disinterested. At one point, due to her family circumstances, I visited her house and had a conversation with her. Post this, noticing that she had a teacher who cared, she had a tremendous improvement in Reading Comprehension. I hope such student impact is possible with the continuous support of everyone."

Jul 22, 2019

Girls winning major feat at School Football League

Last year, our girls from Government Kulsumpura High School participated in the under 14 Reliance Youth Foundation Tournament and qualified for the semi-final. Their talent was recognized at this tournament and they were given the opportunity to play at the School Football League (SFL) organized by Hyderabad Football Academy. The registration fee of Rs. 10,000 was waived off for the Kulsumpura teams as they were specially recognized and invited. The girls brought us pride by conquering the tournament with the 1st place trophy after competing against 5 international school teams! This is one of their biggest victories.

The football frenzy at Kulsumpura began as an extra-curricular activity for students to engage in and develop certain values and mindsets such as discipline, punctuality, regularity to school, amongst others.The frenzy was not limited to the Teach For India classrooms but also encouraged students from other classes to join in the fun of the sport. Little did we know that it would gain such impetus across international schools as well. 

The challenges our girls faced in the run up to this tournament were many including lack of support from parents to play sports, lack of infrastructure and sports equipment, no sports shoes as they could not afford it, no coach who trained them every day, etc. And yet we saw them play with such high spirits with or without shoes, a coach or even a proper ground! The team members showed up every morning before school and even stayed back after school to train independently. They also trained during holidays and vacations to make the most of their time.The boys and the girls played with and against each other and relied mostly on peer learning to develop their skills. While we saw them competing with each other, we never witnessed a gender bias, in fact both boys and girls treated each other as competent sports persons.

These girls demonstrated immense resilience, determination and passion. This made 3 of our girls Pavani, Soumya and Anusha qualify for the National under 17 Telangana State Team.

Such accomplishments leaves us with immense hope and possibility of what a girl child is capable of doing when she is encouraged to pursue her dreams.

Jun 7, 2019

Proof-points of Student Leadership at TFI

Student Leaders at the KER Summit
Student Leaders at the KER Summit

At Teach For India, our goal is to put every child that we work with on a different life path. We measure our impact as progress to this goal on three levels - academic growth, values and mindset, and exposure and access. Central to all our impact is leadership. We aim to develop student leaders who show transformational change both in themselves, in their classroom, school, and community.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the education system in India failing to create impact as it continues to suppress the voice of its most important stakeholder: the student. The education system has been focusing on disciplinarian structures and outdated curriculum that isn’t equipping kids with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. Students in most schools across India aren’t given the chance to explore their interests but are forced to fit into the straightjacket that’s been handed to them since their admission. With the world being divided like never before, we consider it important that schools become a place for kids to become empathetic individuals, who can lead the change towards a better world.

We’ve all heard of Malala Yousafzai, whose fight for girls’ right to education won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Malala created a worldwide movement that increased awareness and brought about real change - all when she was just a teenager.More recently, Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old girl from Sweden, has created a worldwide movement towards demanding that concrete action be taken to tackle the issue of climate change. Greta started protesting independently in 2018 when she started skipping school to protest outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, where she hoped to influence people before the general elections. Her friends soon started joining her and it slowly led to first a national, and then an international movement of students. On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in the striking and protesting.Through these examples of student movements around the world, we have seen how kids know what they want and are not afraid to be leaders and create real change. We have seen many such examples closer to home as well, and through The Kids Education Revolution (KER) we hope to amplify the voices of such kids by giving them a platform to speak. Listed below are few such proof-points of student leadership :-

Almas, Grade 10

Almas, a 10th grader from Mumbai, started a project called 'Basket of Joy,' which is an online organic fruit basket company that aims to create social impact by providing work to disadvantaged communities. The fruits for the baskets are sourced from organic farmers in Pune, whereas the baskets are woven by Kashmiri women and sex workers in Mumbai. Almas was part of a one year entrepreneurship program called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) and also won the IE Social Impact Business Plan Start Up this year

Hajeera, Grade 9

Hajeera, a 9th grade student leader from Hyderabad and a member of the KER National Committee, is currently working on two different projects along with her teachers and classmates called 'Each One Teach One' and Canteen. With Each One Teach One, she aims to create peer to peer learning circles for students and with Canteen, she aims to provide nutritious meals to the students of her school at minimum or no cost.

Sanmyukta, Grade 10

Being a champion for mental health, Sanmyukta has founded various safe spaces and support groups for adults and kids alike! Through ‘Open Book’, she celebrates the individuality of every student participant at her school. She has also constituted ‘Sanvad Katta’, a place where adults and kids join hands to solve problems in their society! Sanmyukta is also working on spreading awareness on mental health and menstrual hygiene in government schools in Nashik, where she spends her summer holidays every year.

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