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The education crisis in India is a complex, multi-dimensional problem. The size of the problem is enormous: 30% of the world's poorest children - approximately 116 million children - live in India.
By 2025, 25% of people entering the global workforce, a staggering 900 million will be Indian. The depth of the problem is equally challenging: 75% of youth in India are not enrolled in colleges. 47% of the 14-year olds cannot read simple English sentences. 57% of 14-18 year olds cannot solve simple division. Only 45.6% of our students - our future workforce - were found to be employable as per the skills needed in the current job market.
Globally, India's children are way behind. In the most recent PISA Assessment, an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ competence in reading, mathematics, and science, India ranked 72 out of 73 countries.
Our solution: Teach For India is building a movement of leaders who will eliminate educational inequity in India through our Fellowship Program.
THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Fellowship is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising individuals, 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. Through this experience of teaching in classrooms and working with key education stakeholders like students, principals, and parents, our Fellows get exposed to the grassroots realities of India’s education system and begin to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mind-sets required to identify their role in building a larger movement for equity in education.
Our goal for our students is to put every child that we work with on a different life path. We aim to develop student leaders who show transformational change both in themselves and in their classroom, school, and community.
The Fellowship has now been repurposed to respond to the pandemic. Fellows are trained to work as nodal partners in communities with Student wellbeing and parental investment at the core of their roles through our Blended Learning Approach.
We will develop 1000 Fellows as leaders for Educational Equity, while also enabling excellent outcomes for 35,000 students. They will develop the 21st century knowledge, skills and mindsets to inspire and equip themselves to be drivers of their own learning and the learning of others.