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 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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