Education  India Project #20912

Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai

by Teach For India
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Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai
Students presenting their projects...
Students presenting their projects...

At Teach For India, students are provided with opportunities for exposure and access to different fields, to help expand their understanding of what is possible, if only they set their dreams high! Below is a short description of one such event where our students had a chance to engage with their peers from around 100 schools at the Dream Madras Week event, share ideas and learn about what multi-school engagement could look like. 

DREAM MADRAS WEEK:

Our students from Chennai High School Taramani, Chennai High School Kottur and Chennai Girls Higher Secondary School Nungambakkam presentied their ideas and dreams for a Smart City at The Dream Madras Week hosted by United Way of Chennai in August 2016. Students came up with interesting ideas such as managing the city online through the "Smart City Citizen Portal" website, ideas for redesigning the city landscape, etc ...It was indeed a day of learning and exposure for our students!

Abhinisha, Mahalaxmi, Jegan, Celesta and Durga of Chennai High School Kottur created a smart city portal for citizens of their city - Chennai! Using a design thinking process, they created a website based on a field trip to Mylapore, where they took stock of the city's positives and negatives, and case studies of developed cities. In teams, they devised solutions to a set of problems they prioritized and uploaded information on the platform that can also record suggestions, complaints and ideas from the public. The kids wowed the attendees at the United Way of Chennai Dream Madras event.

This is one of many such stories of impact that your support is facilitating and we are really grateful for your enthusiasm towards ensuring we are able to reach our vision - "One Day all children will attain an excellent education"!

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Students at Vidyaniketan working with their team
Students at Vidyaniketan working with their team

Every day in a Teach For India classroom is filled with learning, not only through academics but by integrating values and activities for exposure and access to their daily lessons. Here are a few instances when our students learnt within the classroom and outside:

LEARNING IS FUN: Our students at Vidyaniketan Matriculation School, tried their hand at city management and policy making through SIM City 3000, an interactive game which boosts critical thinking, student leadership and enhance their understanding of governance. This resulted in 21,000 SIMs living happily in The City of Joy and high quality group discussions amongst our students!

COLLABORATION WITH CHENNAIYIN FC:  After 2 months of practice, students from Corporation schools in Kotturpuram, Nungambakkam, Vidyaniketan Matriculation School, Venugopal Matriculation School and ECI Tondiarpet participated in the Football tournament organized by The Madras Rotary Club along with Chennaiyin FC(Football Club). Coaches from Chennaiyin FC  trained students from the participating schools for this event, which culminated in an inter school match. The girls' tournament was won by students from Nungambakkam and the boys' tournament winners were from Kotturpuram. The 'Uber Fairplay Award' was given to students from Vidyaniketan Matriculation School.

MAGIC AT MAYA 2.0: Maya 2.0, a play that was culturally relevant to Chennai, was the launchpad for 25 young children to embark on a journey of self discovery, learning about values, exposure and access to various skills and overall, a journey to reach a holistic educational experience that took them beyond their classrooms and community, by various means like arts, dance, music and theatre.

While Maya 2.0, the play, is the outcome - it is the purpose and process of building transformational student leadership that forms the heart of the whole journey. As our children explore different issues in our communities and the roles through which they could become constructive contributors towards the meaningful lives that could be led by upholding their personal values and driving positive change, they will learn and grow in a variety of ways that will bring out the enormity of student potential and possibilities.  

The Maya 2.0 students have shown an increased amount of investment - coming for lessons well ahead of time, practicing their lines and lyrics even during break times, asking for clear agenda, sharing specific feedback etc. - which have been indicators of their understanding of stakes involved and willingness to learn and grow. 

As part of their year long training process, the students spent time together at a residential retreat where they explored a variety of questions like: What does leadership mean? What do our values look like? Some of the experiences that propelled students to answering these questions included a trip to the St. Louis Institute for the Deaf & Blind, where our students were deeply moved and inspired by the talent, intelligence, kindness, and bravery these students possess. Students also had an experience of surveying 5 different people in Besant Nagar beach regarding different educational statistics such as: How many children don’t go to school? The results of their survey led them to experience the lack of awareness towards education in our country. In addition to this inspiring retreat, students also rigorously practiced and exhibited what it looks like to be a leader, through their grit and commitment for their final drama performance!

With the start of this academic year, we hope to share more such stories of student leadership with you. Thank you for your contribution!

Vidyaniketan students in their SIM City
Vidyaniketan students in their SIM City
Students participating in Football tournament
Students participating in Football tournament
Maya 2.0 training in progress
Maya 2.0 training in progress
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Fellow supports his community during floods...
Fellow supports his community during floods...

Chennai received an unprecedented amount of rainfall during December leading to flooding in several regions. Our school communities were also hugely affected by the floods resulting in loss of homes, livelihood and in some cases, loss of family as well.

We have been so humbled by the incredible amount of support that we received from other cities and from our Teach for All Network as well. The phrase 'One Team, One Mission' truly came alive during this time.

During the days that Chennai lost power, telephone and internet connectivity, our Bengaluru team initiated and led on Flood Relief efforts for Chennai! They helped track our team to safety, sent us truck loads of supplies that they crowd-sourced from there to provide Chennai supplies in large-quantities. 

Our students from other cities wrote letters to those in Chennai with their thoughts and prayers for our city and people, reminding us that every experience is an opportunity for children to lead the way. Our students in CPS Pulianthope tried to cope with their memories of the Chennai Floods in the best way they could by drawing about the events that transpired. "I did not know what to do. Water took away everything", said Anitha, an 8 year old. Similarly, students needed an expression of their loss, of their helplessness. They needed to be listened to. Arts helped them get it out, paving way to make peace with the aftermath of the disaster. While some of their works showed how the floods trapped them, some others evoked gratitude for their safety.

The floods were indeed a reminder that nothing is forever, but it also served to reinforce the belief that things like compassion and humanity in the face of a catastrophe make a lasting impression!

Letter from a Teach For India student in Delhi...
Letter from a Teach For India student in Delhi...
Supplies from our various supporters...
Supplies from our various supporters...
Students coloring away their traumatic memories...
Students coloring away their traumatic memories...
Students express their feelings through arts...
Students express their feelings through arts...
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Students presenting at Dream Madras Week
Students presenting at Dream Madras Week

Students are the core of the work we do at Teach For India! With the New Year upon us, we are happy to share some moments during the course of last year to sum up all the exposure and access opportunities that our students were a part of!

Independence Day: Teach For India students from schools in Rangarajapuram, McNichols Road, Nungambakkam and Sanjeevarayan presented a dance performance at the 69th Independence Day celebrations at Ripon Building. This event was presided over by the Hon’ble Mayor, Commissioner of CoC, Deputy Commissioner of Education and other dignitaries. The dance was appreciated for its’ choreography and presentation. 

 Dream Madras Week: On 25th August 2015, Teach For India students from various Corporation schools in Rangarajapuram, Mc Nichols Road and Saidapet presented their vision for a clean Chennai at the Dream Madras Week event organized by United Way of Chennai. Children engaged in research around the concept of cleanliness and pollution in the city and presented their ideas through different mediums such as models, skit and games. A crucial takeaway for the children from this experience is that they are now more aware of the environmental challenges faced by Chennai and are keen to contribute as students and individuals to achieve their vision of a clean Chennai. This event saw the coming together of participants from over a 100 schools and hence was a great exposure opportunity for students to understand their own ideas and vision and learn from their counterparts. 

Teach For India has been working in close collaboration with the Corporation of Chennai over the last 3 years. This year, Teach For India is working with 32 Corporation schools spread from Tondiarpet to Thiruvanmiyur in both Primary and Higher Secondary, impacting over 3000 students directly.

 IEEE WiE International Leadership Summit: Our Teach for India (Chennai) City Director Archana Ramachandran was invited to share Teach For India’s experiences on “Leadership Lessons we learned from being a teacher in a low-income school"at the IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit. This event was special because we had Divya Bharthi, 2014-16 Teach For India Fellow along with her 6th Standard students Dhanush and Venilla, and Ms Sathya, CoC Teacher & AHM from Chennai Corporation Higher Secondary School McNichols Road also share their reflections on Leadership with the delegates. Students R. Dhanush and P.Venilla wrote their own speeches for the conference, and here are some lines from what they shared –

R. Dhanush: "I think Leadership is not only for bigger things, it is also for small day-to-day life activities" 

P. Venilla: "I am showing Leadership only in some places because I am not remembering Leadership in all places. This helped me learn that Leadership is also about Reflection - To go back and think about what we did correct, and what we did wrong"

 It was a proud moment for Divya Bharti, 2014-16 Fellow and their class teacher. Reflecting upon her experiences, she shared: "As I was teaching them, they were teaching me– they were teaching me everything I was trying to teach them.” 

This conference experience reinforced our biggest learning in leadership, as Archana Ramachandran mentioned in her closing, “To change what is going on around me, I need to start changing what is within me."

We will continue to bring you more updates about our students and their reflections on education, careers, life and more!

69th Independence Day celebrations
69th Independence Day celebrations
Student presenting her speech at IEEE Summit 2015
Student presenting her speech at IEEE Summit 2015
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Students sharing important values!
Students sharing important values!

As Teach For India Chennai progresses slowly towards its vision of “One Day All Children will attain an excellent education” across 36 schools through its team of 110+ Fellows (teachers), we bring to you a story from a classroom in Chennai where children have crossed several milestones and overcome several hurdles to be on their path to Excellent Education. 

Swati Nandy joined the Teach For India Fellowship in 2014 and was placed in a school in Taramani, Chennai. She started teaching a class of about 35 students in 2nd grade. Most of the children come from the neighborhood and are from backgrounds where the parents are from various occupational backgrounds like domestic help, auto drivers, construction workers, etc. Students from these communities had their fair share of exposure to domestic violence, alcoholism, etc. From the beginning, through Swati’s mentorship, her students gained exposure to the happenings in their community and were encouraged to think independently and come up with solutions to common problems in their society. A simple example were her lessons on “What limits you?”and “What are my values” that she conducted with her students where she was surprised when her kids opened up about their household problems ranging from alcoholic fathers to domestic violence and then poverty! The students not only were able to articulate the problems but also thought of ways they could solve these problems - Some of them even meticulously illustrated that! They even exhibited an innate understanding of themselves and the path they chose to take, such becoming a doctor to earn money for their family, once they grew up!

Swati was also one among those selected to present her paper at a State-level conference on ‘Effective Classroom Processes and Practices to Enable Children as 21st Century Citizens’. 

Her students were among the top scorers in the city in an internal benchmarking exercise conducted for Mathematics aligned to Samacheer. In addition, Swati also coached her students for the ‘Terry Fox Run’ focusing on both building fitness as well as creating awareness about cancer. Swati has reinforced for all of us how being an effective teacher directly connects to leadership across dimensions andit is through Fellows such as Swati that we dream that our vision of “One day all children will attain an excellent education” is not too far! You too can be a part of this movement by contributing to this project and sharing this with your family and friends.

October being the month of giving, we need your continued support to make this happen as the saying goes “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!”

Students at Terry Fox Run
Students at Terry Fox Run
Swati Nandy, 2014 Teach For India Fellow
Swati Nandy, 2014 Teach For India Fellow
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