Education is fundamental to an equitable society. An excellent education equips children and youth with the knowledge, skills, values, and mindsets needed to be empowered individuals and responsible citizens.
The fact that a high-quality education has wide-ranging benefits for individuals and societies has been demonstrated, time and again, by countries across the world. With nearly 1 in 4 people below the age of 14 years, India today stands at an inflection point; where we go from here depends in large part on our ability to provide equal opportunities for all children to attain an excellent education.
The truth is that today, more than 50% of students in Grade 5 cannot read a Grade 2 text or solve a simple subtraction problem. The truth is that today, the socio-economic circumstances that a child is born into determines the type of school she attends, the kinds of co-curricular opportunities that are available to her, the quality of life outcomes she attains as an adult, and the kinds of opportunities she passes on to her own children.
The truth is that today, we are failing the majority of our children.
The causes underlying this collective failure are numerous, varied and complex. Nevertheless, at Teach For India, we believe that at the root of this crisis in education lies a crisis of leadership. There is a severe deficit of people at all levels of the education system who are committed to working together to improve the capacity and quality of our nation’s schools.
The fact is that teachers alone cannot solve this crisis; we also need excellent school principals to support those teachers, informed parents to stay engaged with the teaching-learning process in schools, visionary bureaucrats and politicians to create an environment that enables for principals and teachers to thrive, active civil society leaders to hold stakeholders accountable, and committed corporate leaders to mobilize the necessary resources to support school systems.
Teach For India exists precisely to fill this deficit of leadership in education.
About the Fellowship
The Teach For India Fellowship program, is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools.
Teach For India Fellows commit two years, full-time, to providing their students with the opportunities that can put them on a different life path. The Fellowship journey is one of teaching and learning, of working for children while developing your leadership. Our Fellows are on a mission to end educational inequity for their children, and through this, they develop a long-term commitment to multiplying that impact as Alumni.
Each Fellow is assigned a classroom in one of Teach For India’s placement cities and charged to teach academics, values and mindsets and to give their students the access and exposure they need to reach their personal, long-term visions. Our framework for leadership at Teach For India is called the Leadership Development Journey, and is centred around three commitments:
The Commitment to Personal Transformation: Exploring who you are, your purpose, and striving to be a better person.
The Commitment to Collective Action: Building relationships and organizing partners to multiply and deepen our impact.
The Commitment to Educational Equity: Deepening our understanding of educational equity and committing to attaining it.
Fellows work on these commitments in and beyond the full-time lab of their classroom, where they relentlessly focus on moving their students towards “path-changing” learning, the highest level of our Student Vision Scale.
By growing in the 3 commitments, and embedded with real-life leadership experiences in the classrooms and communities, Fellows are ready to be lifelong learners and leaders for greater impact on children.
Teach For India Fellows will be paid a salary of Rs. 19,000 per month. If required to relocate from their home city, Fellows will be given a housing allowance ranging from Rs.5500 to 10,000, depending on the city in which they will stay. In addition, Fellows will receive an allowance for school supplies.
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