Education  India Project #18237

Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India

by Teach For India
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Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
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Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India
Support the Education of 32,000 Students in India

We would like to thank all of you for your support during the year-end campaign!

With each New Year, there come along new aspirations, new grails, new sources of motivation, and also new challenges.

One of our fellows, Amit Mishra, teaches 34 little curious 2nd graders in Brighton English School, a low income private school, in Chandola, Ahmedabad. His journey of setting the kids coming from deprived communities to a different life path might be a challenging one, but he still has hope, and is determined to make a change.

This is what Amit had to say about his experience:

“The community is a Muslim predominant and majorly became habitant after the unfortunate 2002 Gujarat riots. With a population of around 1 lakh, the community has people mainly from three states West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who moved here in search of livelihood. The lack of basic human necessities entangles the people in the community so brutally that it makes them live their life in utter misery. The huge garbage dump yard, which the kids here perceive as a hill, emitting pungent gas or the long queue of women with veils holding colorful buckets after red tanker bickering for few liters of clean water are some of the realities they face daily. In house, the scenario is no different. The tough stride to make a living, lack of education, diseases, always choked gutter lines and unclean surrounding with unhygienic social elements around the house are some of the things that can be pictured in all the houses of the community. In a world where education should be the birth right, there is no government school and no secondary English medium school in the community leading the future of kids completely into darkness. With no hospitals in and around community, the handful of enthusiastic kids going to school often have to miss school because of lack of immediate health care facilities. This sometimes even cause curable disease to be life threatening.

Rahul*, an eight year old boy, in my class is a hope amongst the above mentioned truth in the community. With just five months of Teach For India's intervention, where I took the challenge of setting the 2nd grade kids to a different life path, Rahul has shown tremendous growth in academics and his attitude towards himself and others in class. Inspite of all the daily challenges, he comes now in class with strong mindset to learn new things with the hope that one day he will become a doctor and help poor by treating them for free. Within such a brief period, he has internalized our class value of help to such an extent that he has started taking responsibility of helping peers with phonics, math and reading stories setting inspiration for not only peers but also for school staff.”

At Teach for India, we hope this year proves to be the happiest new year, for everyone! Thank you for being a part of our journey to help students attain an excellent education.

 *Names of beneficiaries changed to protect their identity

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This year, there are nearly 1082 Teach For India Fellows teaching close to 37,000 children across 7 cities in India. 

One among these Fellows is Kushal Dattani who teaches 2nd Grade in an under-resourced classroom in Ahmedabad. His classroom is an outstanding example of how students can help each other learn and be instrumental in each other's growth.

This is what Kushal has to say about his class:

"Grade 2 this year has been working really hard on building up their literacy and helping each other come forward. There is lot of joy and sense of achievement in them. We are capitalizing on outdoor conceptual learning in the local context too. They have started learning computers this year, and are really loving their new learning experience. We are combining literacy with computer to build their rigor. The challenge remains in the terms of number of computers to student ratio per class in our school. We have 7 seven computers and 35 kids in each class. So they don't get enough time to spend on the computer. We have to send them every day in a batch of 7. However they only get 30 mins in a week to sit on computer. Nevertheless, it does not stop them from learning."

This academic year also began with some great news. The William Drenttel Award for Excellence in Design was presented to Teach For India in  July for the design of the original musical Maya and its robust promotional campaign. The World Education Congress 2015 also commemorated Teach For India and our CEO, Shaheen Mistri for their immense contribution in reshaping India’s education landscape, at the National Awards for Excellence in CSR and Sustainability. Three accolades were awarded to Teach For India and Shaheen, respectively, for the following categories – Best NGO, Outstanding Leadership, and CSR Leadership. 

We would love to thank you for being a part of Teach For India's journey towards helping students attain excellent education!

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Our efforts here at Teach for India are focused on equipping the next generation with the most powerful tool they need to be successful: education. And just as our fellows pass on their passion for learning to the students, some of these students hope to pass on that same enthusiasm to following generations.

Today, let us share with you a short story from a 3rd grade classroom in Ahmedabad, a story focusing on 1 of the 20 students our fellow Shyam Patel inspired, told by Shyam himself:

"As I sit at the front of my classroom waiting for my students to trickle in and reviewing my class agenda for the day, I see Vijay* standing behind me and glancing at my plans. He then sits quietly and watches me write on the board. One day, I decided to ask him just why he was so curious to see me doing my work! He replied, "I want to be a teacher one day, too." It is Vijay's drive and focus that holds me to the highest of expectations for all my students. I have seen him go from a shy student to one who leads our morning meetings, helps our second graders with their work and facilitates brain and body breaks. It is this opportunity that has allowed Vijay to learn how to facilitate group opportunities and made him a more patient and loving student. And some day, he will be able to fulfill his dream of being a teacher."

Help students like Vijay realize their dreams by helping us give them the tools they need to do so! On July 15, make a contribution of any size on GlobalGiving that will match 50% of donated proceeds! All contributions will go towards 4 classrooms in Ahmedabad, effectually helping 140 students!

Together, we can create opportunities - together, we can bridge the gap.

 

*Names of beneficiaries have been changed to protect their identity

 

Vijay wants to be a teacher when he grows up
Vijay wants to be a teacher when he grows up
Priya and Amar writing
Priya and Amar writing

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As Teach For India is all set to place a new cohort of Fellows(teachers) across more than a hundred under-resourced classrooms across 7 cities in India, we bring to you a story from another classroom in Ahmedabad where children have crossed several milestones and overcome several hurdles to be on their path to Excellent Education. 

Priyanka Patel joined the Teach For India Fellowship in 2014 and was placed in a school in Kuber Nagar, Ahmedabad. She started teaching a class of 30 students in 3rd grade. Most of the children come from the neighbourhood and their parents work in the nearby community. Many of the parents work in the garment factories in the area. Some of them also work at construction sites and domestic help. 

Here's Priyanka's anecdote of one of her students who's shown tremendous improvement in the last one year:

"Samhita* is an 8 year old girl in my class. She is the only child in her family as her other siblings have passed away. She has always been a quiet child and I was always busy handling the kids that were getting into trouble. She was always the last to finish her work and it used to take her a really long time to take anything down from the board. However, I have seen tremendous growth in her in the last one year. She grew by one whole level in reading and now sits in the top most batch of kids. Her work is ALWAYS done with perfection--she may be the last to finish but everything is always correct. She has started opening up a lot more and really loves sharing stories with me whenever she can. This is one student that really gets me excited about what is to come!"

Priyanka and more than 1000 such Teach For India Fellows are changing lives of nearly 30,000 children across India everyday. We believe that it takes collective impact to ensure that one day all children in India will attain an excellent education. You can be a part of this movement by contributing to this project and sharing this with your family and friends.

We need your continued support to make this happen, because, as Nelson Mandela puts it, 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.'

 

* Beneficiaries names have been changed.

 

Priyanka, Teach For India Fellow with her students
Priyanka, Teach For India Fellow with her students

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The bundle of energy - Paraj
The bundle of energy - Paraj

Greetings from Teach For India!

Shyam Patel, a Teach For India Fellow is a teacher, guide and mentor to the children of Rakhial English School, Ahmedabad, India. Where the average household earns about 5,000 rupees ( $80) a month which is often shared among four to eight people, he has been the children’s access to an excellent education.

Paraj*, a student in Shyam's classroom, would run from one corner of the classroom to the other, and when he was not doing that, he was busy hitting the other students. Now, six months into Shyam’s fellowship, Paraj has become a more dedicated and focused student.

Shyam writes, Paraj is an active participant, supports me with setting up the class, and is improving his scores in both English and Math. Six months ago, I was wondering to myself, ‘How will I ever make Paraj sit down?’ Now, I am asking myself, ‘How can I get Paraj to help me motivate other students?’

This year, the students have been able to experience several activities to enhance their learning. The "I will be..." project is one of the greatest activities that the students have accomplished. Each student has identified a career or life path for his/her future (10 to 15 years from now). Students have created a mini-book outlining their goals and writing down what support they need from the Teach for India Fellow Shyam Patel to achieve that goal.

An important development is that many girls in the class have been positively impacted by this exposure activity. Says Shyam, “Many of my students at first believed that girls could not possibly be doctors, engineers, and so on. Specifically, Saniya* has gone from being an under-confident girl to being determined and passionate about learning.”

The Teach For India Vision is that One day all children will attain an excellent education. This project is a step towards that vision, and your support makes it all possible. This March 18th, GlobalGiving is matching all your donations by 30%. You can double you impact by making your contribution on this day and sharing this with your family and friends! We thank you for your continued support.

 

*Names changed to protect the identity of the beneficiaries

Saniya comes out of her shell
Saniya comes out of her shell
Learning by Doing at Rakhial English School
Learning by Doing at Rakhial English School
Together we learn
Together we learn
Learning for a better tomorrow
Learning for a better tomorrow

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