TEACH FOR INDIA
2019-20 Quarter 2: Organization Update
The second quarter of 2019 was marked by some key highlights which are detailed below.
A. A decade of Teach For India
Launch of ‘Grey Sunshine’ marked by ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’
We marked a decade of our movement at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai on the 4th of September by launching Grey Sunshine, a very special book authored by Sandeep Rai, our Chief of City Operations. The book is a collection of powerful stories from our 10-year journey. Actress Tara Sharma, along with Theatre Artist, Anahita Uberoi, and former Teach For India student Priyanka Patil, spoke about their connection to the book and read their favorite excerpts for the audience, before launching the ‘Grey Sunshine’ ocially, along with board members and supporters.
The launch was prefaced by ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’, a stage musical conceptualized and created by the Kids Education Revolution (KER – one of Teach For India’s sister projects) team and the children of the Umang Theatre Group. The musical immersed the audience in the stories of our children, the great diculties they encounter, and our brave and hard-working Fellows and Alumni, who work relentlessly to help them. The play beautifully depicted the broken nature of the education system through the metaphor of a circus. The set for the musical was hand-painted by 150 children from the Akanksha Foundation, and the cast consisted solely of children.
B. Highlights from the Fellowship
- This quarter we saw a decline in Fellow attrition. The attrition rate of our Year 1 Fellows was 5.8% as compared to 9.4% last year, indicating a 38% reduction in attrition. While we are still trying to identify the main contributors to the decline, our intentional shifts as part of Project Lion, in recruitment messaging, Fellow role clarity and program support, could be attributed to the lower attrition.
- At the end of the rst of our four recruitment rounds, we recorded 10,242 registrations, 2291 applications, 589 calls for the Assessment Centre (final interview) and finally oered 179 applicants a place in the 2020 cohort.
- A number of mid-year retreats were conducted during the quarter for year 1 and year 2 fellows to step back from their daily school routines, engage with other fellows to share learnings and challenges and reflect on the past six months to ensure a more rejuvenated and positive approach towards the next half of the year.
C. Highlights from the Organization’s Operations
As we continue to measure our progress to transform Teach For India into an Enduring Institution, the following highlights were observed:
- Funding Goal – From ~66% last quarter we have reached ~90% of our funding goal for the year 2019-20. We are strengthening our Friends of Teach For India, USA Board and looking for an Executive Director. As we expect an economic slowdown and attrition in the corporate funders who have supported TFI for more than 6 years, we anticipate challenges in attaining our goal, for which we are brainstorming newer avenues of funding.
- Staffing Goal - Currently there are a total of 18 open positions, and stang as on 30th September 2019 stands at 93% as compared to 88% at the end of the last quarter.
- Staff Goal Setting Rollout - After a strategic exercise with relevant stakeholders, we came up with organization-level goals, measures to identify outcome metrics and a logic model to explain how every individual sta members’ goals contribute to the goals of the organization. Strategy & Learning Team in collaboration with Human Resources integrated this into the Sta Leadership Development Journey portal.