The question that guides us at MANTRA: What can we do to transform the quality of education received by millions of students from under-privileged communities?The identified issue:
Acute shortage of teaching staff in a shocking majority of under-resourced schools we work with
A simple idea:
Fill the void, through a teacher training and development program in a low-income community:
1) Onboard unemployed, educated youth from the community
2) Give them pre-service teacher training
3) Place these teachers in schools in their own neighbourhood, where staffing needs a boost.
The ‘Magic’: Testimonies from the fieldAfreen, a bright 18 years old girl, was one among the first to register for our pre-service (community) teacher training & development program. She was forced to leave her studies after grade 12th as it is not considered good for girls/women in her community to work. She says, “It is such a life-changing opportunity for me. I learn so much; gained confidence and now, I can even work because my parents have no qualms about my working in the neighbourhood.”
Faiz says, “Its a dream come true. My father drives an auto-rickshaw and he had me get my driving license as well. My future as a driver was already chalked out....until MANTRA started these classes. Now I am training to become a teacher and help the kids in my community. Now that I have discovered what bliss it is to work with children, I really cannot imagine my life otherwise.”
What started as a program to create a pool of effective teachers for our students in the under-privileged community has today turned into a skill-building and empowering experience for the youth in the community..!
Help us take our community teacher development program to more such amazing young minds, who have the passion to improve quality of life for communities and their environments.