Oct 14, 2019

Project update

The past year been very exciting for Teach For Pakistan with big milestones achieved. With your help Teach For Pakistan is scaling to build a nationwide movement. We currently have 55 Fellows teaching 2,700 students across 24 high-need public and non-profit schools in two regions of Pakistan -  Islamabad and Peshawar.  

Thank you for supporting us in achieving this growth at high quality, and allow us to share with you some of the major milestones we have celebrated along the way:

 

1. Fellow recruitment: This year we recruited 40 Fellows into our 2019 cohort, a 134% increase from last year. We engaged 21 public and private universities across Pakistan, holding 42 information sessions, and connecting with over 2,300 graduating university students to tell them more about our work.  We received 920+ applications from across Pakistan, resulting in 40 bright young people being welcomed into the program. This 2019 Fellowship Cohort is diverse and represents people from over 23 towns and cities across Pakistan. They have studied from over 14 different universities across Pakistan.

2. Fellow Pedagogical Leadership Development and Student Impact: The 40 new recruits went through 6 weeks of intensive, pre-placement training between July and August 2019, and started their Fellowship journey in their placement schools in August.  

Our 2018 cohort which has been placed in school for over a year now, have been reporting remarkable growth in their students.  Our Leadership and Training team conducted scaffolded tests in Nov 2018 and May 2019 and found that on average, student’s learning grew by 1 academic year in 6 months in first year Fellow’s classroom.

We also conducted a Student Perception Survey in our classrooms, in partnership with Teach For All and Panorama Education, and found that Fellows are building classrooms where students thrive. The majority of the students, a whopping 85%, felt that their input and ideas were valued and 88% felt that encouraging and supporting relationships were fostered in the Fellow classroom.  

3. Fellow System Leadership Development: Our Fellows are growing into lifelong leaders for equity and excellence in education. Here is what one of our 2018 cohort Fellow has to say about her experience so far

“The first year of the Fellowship teaching English to 180 students has been quite challenging but even more rewarding. The children's resilience and quickness to forgive continues to surprise me, and it has been a pleasure to witness their growth.

I have learned how to invest people with drastically different socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences than my own in my mission by looking for common ground that we can tread together. 

 I have also realized that it's okay if everyone in my surrounding is not an enabler - having a detractor or two actually pushes me to try and helps me think about the why of what I'm doing with more clarity”   - 2018 Fellow Maryam  

We have completed our planning for the year ahead and our Recruitment team is now ready to launch the campaign for the 2020 Fellowship. Thank you for enabling one generation of Pakistan’s leaders to nurture the next one. We hope you will continue the journey with us in 2020 and beyond!

Nov 14, 2018

Wahaj's transformation- Impact of Fellows in classrooms

It’s 7AM as Wahaj’s mother walks into his room to wake him up for school. He has already missed 2 days of school this week making an excuse of being sick. He didn’t enjoy going to school as the classroom didn’t challenge him. Questions were neither encouraged or answered and he felt the problem lay with him if he was unable to grasp a concept that was being taught in class. Wahaj was a hard worker, but he had problems with understanding Mathematics and English. His family was unable to support his learning. Wahaj had made repeated efforts to seek additional support with minimal interest from his teachers. As he lay there his mother was growing impatient with his antics. He decided to get ready before he angered her any. As he boarded the school bus, unhappy, he had no idea his life was about to change for the better. He was about to meet  two new teachers working at Teach for Pakistan.

Teach For Pakistan Fellows; Abdul Ghaffar (Mathematics) and Adil (English), changed the way Wahaj and his classmates approach their academics. In class they are encouraged to ask questions and attempt work even at the risk of being wrong. The confidence in their abilities has grown and they look forward to interactions with their teachers and coming to school. Wahaj actively partakes in classroom interactions; going from shy and reserved to involved. Wahaj and his peers also look forward to small tokens of success from their teachers (water paints, chocolates, stars) and receive support when the going gets tough. Standardized tests administered to the students both before and after the Fellows’ introduction revealed that students scored approximately 10% higher in both English and Math after just two months of being taught by the fellows.

Wahaj has grown much more confident in his own abilities. He also tutors his two younger brothers in Math and English. He also teaches his father and his uncle how to read and speak English. He likes to read to them in English, practicing his own skills and imparting knowledge at the same time. Wahaj aspires to grow up to be like Abdul Ghaffar and Adil. His is one of the many hundreds of families that are directly benefiting from the presence of Fellows in public schools of Nilore, Bhara Kahu and Tarnol in Islamabad.

With the money raised for the 2017-18 recruitment campaign Teach For Pakistan successfully recruited and placed 18 bright young people as teachers in 8 public schools located in low-income areas of Islamabad. The program received over 500 applications over a three month period. The 2017-18 cohort of fellows boasts graduates from the best universities in the country, including Fellows from all sorts of academic disciplines. The cohort is also the most geographically diverse cohort to date, with fellows being chosen from small towns and large cities all across the country.




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Feb 26, 2018

Teach For Pakistan campus recruitment drive for the 2018 -19 Fellowship cohort

Recruitment campaign collateral
Recruitment campaign collateral

"The education system of Pakistan is fragmented on the ground and millions of children are deprived of the basic need of education. My motivation to work for Teach For Pakistan is to improve the access of good quality education for all and to get hands on experience of the education sector of Pakistan. I am aspiring to apply for the Fellowship program." Muhammad Zeeshan - Campus Ambassador 2018, Lahore University of Management Sciences. Its young people like Zeeshan that Teach For Pakistan recruits to go and teach for two years in underserved schools and communities.

Thanks to your generosity the recruitment and selection campaign has been live on campuses in Islamabad and Lahore since January 2018. The campuses targeted specifically for our recruitment include Lahore University of Management Sciences, Quaid-e-Azam University, National University of Science and Technology, Bahria University, FAST, COMSATS and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology.

A total of 17 campus ambassadors have been working tirelessly since January 2018 to get the recruitment buzz going. They have been supported by a social media campaign, a printed material campaign and on-campus information sessions. These efforts have paid off with 800 + applications started and more than 50 completed to date. The applications were opened online from January 18, 2018 and will continue till March 15, 2018. The selection process will start from mid March 2018. Selection and matriculation is targeted for completion by May 2018.

Teach For Pakistan's vision of expanding opportunities for all children is embodied in Sardar Khan- Campus Ambassador 2018, Quaid-e-Azam University's words, "There is no employing class, no working class, no farming class. You may pigeonhole a man or a woman as a farmer or a banker. But the son of the farmer will be a doctor or a worker or even a banker, and his daughter a teacher or whatever she dreams. The son of a worker will be an employer - or maybe  the President. Teach For Pakistan is working to change mindsets by nourishing minds through education and I am proud to be a part of this cause by working as a Campus Ambassador".

Information session February 2018 - NUST
Information session February 2018 - NUST
Students engaging with TFP and its vision at NUST
Students engaging with TFP and its vision at NUST
Recruitment team with campaign ambassadors-NUST
Recruitment team with campaign ambassadors-NUST
Campaign Ambassador and aspirant to the Fellowship
Campaign Ambassador and aspirant to the Fellowship
Campus Ambassador Training- Jan.2018
Campus Ambassador Training- Jan.2018
FAST Information session Feb.2018
FAST Information session Feb.2018
FAST students engaged at the information session
FAST students engaged at the information session
Bahria- campus ambassadors engaging students
Bahria- campus ambassadors engaging students

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