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Teach for India (TFI) is here in Bangalore, looking for outstanding final-year students and young professionals, who are interested in their two-year, full-time fellowship programme. The movement is focused on selecting about 150 young leaders from across India and the world, who, in the short-run, will teach for two years, and in the long-run become advocates for educational equity. Explains CEO Shaheen Mistri: “Teach For India can change this nation for every child by building a movement of leaders who understand the challenges first hand, develop the skills and mindset to tackle it, and work relentlessly through their lives to maximize every child’s potential.”
TFI is a nation-wide movement that aims to narrow the educational gap in India by placing the country’s most outstanding college graduates and young professionals, of all academic majors and careers, in low-income schools to teach for two years. In June 2009, Teach For India has placed their first batch of Fellows in English-medium, primary schools in Mumbai and Pune. By its fifth year, Teach For India aims to place hundreds of Fellows in the country’s top metropolitan cities and their surrounding rural areas.
Those who join the fellowship will be trained heavily in innovative teaching methods and overall leadership so that they can help bridge the student achievement gap in their classrooms. After two years, the Fellows will be supported by Teach For India in their search for corporate and social sector jobs, to work in the government, or to join higher educational institutions. The model is to support them as they continue to work as advocates for educational equity.
Students in their final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or young professionals working full time are eligible to apply for the fellowship. “Teach for India was the perfect platform for me to pursue my lifelong dream of being a teacher — this for someone with no background in education. After coming here, I realized that this was also the best possible investment I could make in my career and my life at my age,’’ says Siddharth Agarwal, a Fellow from the first batch of Teach For India, who joined the movement when he was in Bangalore, and is currently based in Pune. “Our Fellows are doing a fine job. Hopefully, we will get many more bright youngsters this time,” adds Shaheen Mistri.
You can now begin your application on the website http://www.teachforindia.org.
The application deadlines are October 11 (first deadline), November 22 (second deadline), January 10 (third deadline). The 2010 Fellowship dates: Training programme will begin in May/early June of 2010, and our Fellows will be placed in schools from June 2010 to April 2012. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The TFI team visits several colleges in Bangalore from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 including Christ College, National Law School, Garden City, IIM Bangalore, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, MS Ramaiah and Mount Carmel College to seek high-potential applicants from final-year students.