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With schools still closed and the entire education system having shifted online due to the Pandemic, we believe the vision of excellent education for every single kid is pushed back further because:

  1. More than 30% of lower-order kids still do not have access to a smartphone or stable internet connection.
  2. More than 50% of mid-lower order kids are irregular to online classes and need post-class support to understand concepts and finish their homework.
  3. Parents mostly feel unsafe about sending their kids to tuitions even if they can afford it because they are unsure about their kid’s peer group.
  4. There is almost zero access to extra-curricular activities or experiential lessons that build on Values & MIndsets.

Physical/offline tuitions in small groups inside the community by an experienced teacher.
But with the current state of affairs, how is that even possible?


Meet Sayantan, a 2018 Teach for India Alumnus who lives close to the same communities as the kids in our class. Since finishing his Fellowship in May, he hasn’t gone home once because he’s so driven about addressing the problem of Early Childhood Education through his BTCP, Dawn Child.

Despite not having taken up a formal job, and working full-time on Dawn Child, he’s been generous enough to take out time over this month and help us manage our class in some of the following ways:
  1. Community visits
  2. Speaking to parents
  3. Offline classes
  4. Online classes
The issue is, it still wasn’t enough, as some kids kept falling ill or didn’t have access to their devices often. And the low scores or absenteeism in their recent exam said the same! That’s when Sayantan suggested he put Dawn Child on second priority and start giving physical tuitions to the kids, despite the risks and the uncertainties involved, until schools formally reopen.

And in case we forgot to mention, Sayantan was actually the previous TFI Fellow our kids had before we came in! Not only can he figure out ways to safely take physical classes in the community, but he also knows the kids and their families’ context and needs inside out. Technically, this would be his 3rd year of Fellowship, unofficially.

We need your help in supporting Sayantan and our kids with a monthly stipend equivalent to that of a 3rd year TFI Fellow (TTF Fellow), for the next 6 months:

   (Monthly Stipend+HRA) of a 3rd Year Fellow    No. of months        Total 
                                 INR 40,000              6  INR 2,40,000

And to top it off here’s a personal message from Sayantan himself:

“My community in Green Park, South Delhi has over 200 kids across two schools who cannot access online classes regularly. Despite a majority of them not belonging to my previous class, I still have a hard time refusing their requests for physical tuitions when they see me in the community. I go there quite often, and it’s relatively safe since we haven’t seen many new cases in the past month. Even if it’s for a day, or even for an hour, physically engaging with the kids, given the current scenario, would mean so much more than a contribution towards my stipend! You would have my gratitude either way, but feel free to contact me if you want to visit my community and see the work I’m doing there! Special thanks, if you read the entire thing! :)"

- Sayantan Chowdhury
  Founder, Dawn Child | 18er, Teach for India

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