Education  India Project #20912

Excellent education for 3800+ students in Chennai

by Teach For India
Play Video
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
Sports event
Sports event

At Teach For India, our Fellows work towards ensuring our students have access and exposure to all opportunties, irrespective of the background they come from. One such initiative was Chennai Students' Kondattam (CSK) which was the brainchild of the Teach for India 2012, Chennai cohort. It rose out of the need for a platform for the students to venture into a larger arena, participate in various city-wide cultural and sports events, experience academic content through myriad ways, interact with other children across the city and showcase their talents. Sharing below, a report put together by the CSK committee summing up the event as a whole. 

CSK’17: January 29th, February 18th and 19th witnessed Chennai Students Kondattam taking place at Chennai High School, Thiruvanmaiyur and at Chennai High School, Canal bank road. This combined effort of Teach for India fellows working in different schools across the city made this event a phenomenal success. CSK’17 saw a registration of close to 2500 students from 36 Corporation and low income Private Schools in Chennai.

Events & wokshops: There were events and workshops under the themes of literary, sports, arts and premier.  Adzap, Mime, JAM, Rangoli, Clay modelling are a few out of the 30 plus events that were scheduled for each day. This year’s CSK also showcased their academic prowess through technical events for the secondary kids along with the rest. This includes a science exhibition, as a grand workshop from LMES and puzzles like Sudoku. Also CSK had up to 15 workshops on storytelling, drawing, dancing, poetry, origami, creative writing, singing, doodling, theatre, hey math, public speaking etc to give students the most fun and enriching experience. Workshops were conducted by eminent volunteers, Teach for India alums, Fellows and staff.

CSK partnered with LMES (Lets make Engineering Simple) group of volunteers and conducted science experiments for secondary students, sponsored by Pinner Challangers cricket club. CSK also partnered with Kuruksastra, the cultural of SASTRA University to organize, judge and guide all the events for the primary students. 

This year CSK saw an overwhelming response and enthusiasm from all the corporation school teachers along with fellows and students. There were 48 teachers this year at venue altogether for the three days, along with 120 Teach For India Fellows and staff and more than 250 volunteers.  We were happy to have two Headmistress at the venue from CPS Kottur and CPS TV Swamy road, other than the HM's of the respective venues. We also had volunteers from various corporates supporting us with event coordination, logistics and student management. 

Many more such exposure opportunities are possible with your support, which will go a long way in helping with the leadership development of our Fellows and students alike! 

Student participating in arts competition
Student participating in arts competition
Students performing a dance at CSK
Students performing a dance at CSK
Students engaged in an activity at CSK
Students engaged in an activity at CSK
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Students participating in awareness drive
Students participating in awareness drive

Celebrating THE JOY OF GIVING in Classrooms: We at Teach For India, Chennai were a part of the nationwide Daan Utsav- THE JOY OF GIVING WEEK, where the little champions in our classrooms led the way in spreading the joy of giving by coming up with their own ideas . Quite a few of us were pleasantly surprised by the amount of passion, gusto and most importantly, the joy these students worked with, throughout this week.

Our city has had a number of heartwarming stories to share this year for THE JOY OF GIVING WEEK and with full confidence, we at Teach For India – Chennai can say that our students will be back again next year to spread the joy .

Here are a few stories from across the city where THE JOY OF GIVING was being spread.

In our Primary School in Jones Road, the passionate Fellows of this school- Aishwarya, Alekyaa, Savita, Meenashi and Goutham drove that passion into the students. They really looked forward to THE JOY OF GIVING WEEK  as the 180 Grade 3-Grade 5 students of the school came up with different ideas and they themselves assigned groups and looked into the functioning of the activities.The grade 5 students gave a day off to each of the grade 2 class Teachers by handling their classes.The Joy Of Giving was felt by the watchmen –Venkatesh Uncle and Moorthy uncle as they had a light 3 days  with the Grade 5 boys helping them out during busy mornings. The non-teaching staff- Renuka Akka, Pencillama, Maniyamma  of the school were given 3 days as they had to just supervise the students who were doing their chores for them...their idea of giving! Each student of Grade 3 donated 2 Rs to buy the Non-teaching staff a hearty meal from Sangeetha. It was a pleasant surprise when the students said that “ WE COULD CELEBRATE GIVING MORE OFTEN” and they came up with the idea of taking Non- Teaching staff for a movie with the remaining money collected.

When the students at our Velachery Primary school learnt about the Fundamental Rights and Duties, they immediately recognised that there was an awareness gap, and set about solving that problem. They organised a march in their community as a solution to this, in turn giving their community the gift of awareness. In the meanwhile, at North Chennai, students from our Primary School at TH Road expressed their gratitude to the traffic policemen who help them cross the busy TH Road everyday with handmade notes! 

Here is what Alamelu, our Fellow at our Primary School in Kamdar Nagar has to say about her students' initiatives to celebrate the Joy of Giving. “When I asked the class of Kindness Crusaders (that’s what she calls her class) what can we do to celebrate Daan Utsav, they got super excited and gave many ideas. As a teacher I was just more than proud to see their blooming creativity.  Finally I asked them to brainstorm and come with one idea to start off. They told me that they want to prepare charts about good habits, explain the same to all younger classes from 1st  to 4th  grades and stick the charts in their classes. But when I asked them why, their answers made me think "If we give them any materialistic items they might lose or break it after some time, but these habits will stay with them till the end and this might be something that's worth giving them "! And yes, they gave a new meaning for ‘Joy of Giving’ to me! Perspective mattered, and how students think at times always blow our minds away.”

For our 7th graders at Girls High School Saidapet, Daan Utsav was not a special day after all, as giving is inculcated into their learning on a daily basis. During their Maths class, their teacher demonstrated Ratio and proportion via preparation of soft drink for the students to understand better, and as part of their activity they were asked, what if they had to scale up the preparation, if at all they had to make sure everyone in and around is school get a drink, to make the summer seem a little lighter.  The students scaled up the production of the preparation and shared the drink with the people around them. Giving is more than anything , and learning that in a multi-dimensional way was one unique approach that CGHSS Jones Road adopted. 

You can spread the Joy of Giving this New Year too by helping our children get an excellent education, by supporting our cause. Wishing all of you, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year ahead! 

Students at TH Road thanking the traffic policeman
Students at TH Road thanking the traffic policeman
Grade 5 student teaching students in Grade 2
Grade 5 student teaching students in Grade 2

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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"!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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...
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Teach For India

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @teachforindia
Project Leader:
Merlyn Fernandes
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
$24,177 raised of $95,000 goal
 
344 donations
$70,823 to go
Donate Now
Please note: We expect that there will be significant delays in getting funds to this project. Learn more
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Teach For India has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.