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