I believe every child can learn. When you grow up in India, you know children from the poorest households do not receive the education they deserve. The reason lies not as much with resources or infrastructure, but with the quality of their teachers. Especially for the poorest, teachers disproportionately determine if children will learn and have the power to shape their future.
I’m running 6 world major to support CEQUE, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2012, that believes every child deserves a great teacher: It is on a mission to enable teachers to teach, so that children learn.
CEQUE runs a Teacher Innovator Fellowship for motivated government and low cost school teachers in Maharashtra. From a pool of hundreds of applicants, it selects a cohort of 60 teachers each year, with whom they work intensively over a year. The Fellows are coached to use learning data and enquiry-based teaching strategies that make learning interesting and relevant to students - strategies that enable student learning.
Since 2016, the Fellowship has reached 142 teachers across 7 districts in Maharashtra, impacting the learning of 4260 students. Average student learning has increased by 15 percentage points and 21% teachers moved to ‘Expert’ in teacher competency scale, up from 0% at the start of the program.
This year, my target is to raise 20,00,000 in support of 20 teachers.