Teach For India is a non-profit organization that is a part of the Teach For All network. Teach For India is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in India and provide an excellent education to all children. Teach For India works across 305 schools in seven cities of India - Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad reaching approximately 38,000 students. Teach For India was started in 2008 led by Shaheen Mistri who wanted to bring about systemic change in the Indian education sector by infusing committed teachers into the systemThe group met Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder of Teach For America (TFA), and following a McKinsey study, started adapting Teach For America’s Theory of change in India.
It's been around a year since the pandemic hit us. We all have suffered invariably in some form or the other but on some, the impact has been stronger and much worse. With the schools being shut, classes have been shifted to online platforms. This shift has given rise to a new learning crisis due to the existing digital divide and has yet again reminded us how privilege can create an education inequity.We at Teach for India are striving to fight this education inequity and one of our projects that aims to achieve this goal is - Beyond The Horizon.We launched Beyond the Horizon in Feb'21 in Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV), Mehrauli, with the aim to expand learning beyond Teach For India classrooms. The endeavor is to resume classes on the online platforms to facilitate synchronous learning of the students of primary grade to revise and strengthen their learning outcomes before the school reopens and they are promoted to the next grade. Before this, learning happened in an asynchronous manner where worksheets were distributed to the students by the school. In this way, without any face-face interaction among students and between students and teachers, much of the communication is lost leading to a learning gap. As a part of this project, we have onboard a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers who are designing curriculum, teaching primary grade( grade 2, 3, 4 and 5) English and Mathematics to meet the desired outcomes, and are coordinating with parents and teachers regularly to understand the problems and challenges and are designing interventions to address them.Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya is a government girls’ school in Delhi. (add some more info here) The students attending this school belong to a low economic stratum. Since the lockdown, jobs and businesses of many parents have suffered seriously and are still recovering. An added educational expense of a dedicated device for online classes of their children, which has to be shared among the siblings, and regular data recharge is another blow to their plight. Some parents are able to meet these additional expenses, some others are struggling to do so, while some of them have given up and made peace with the prospect of the loss of an educational year of their children.
If successful, this project will impact the lives of around 250+ students and their parents. To make it a success we need your help -
> To ensure that each of our students has a device and a strong internet connection to attend her online classes regularly.
>We also plan to distribute adequate monthly ration to students, till the time school re-opens, to help meet their nutritional needs in this difficult phase.
We request you to support us in this endeavor to ensure continuous classes for our children and hope that you join us in the movement against education inequity so that together we create an impact on our children and their families.