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Kolkata: It’s time to show that you care for the underprivileged who don’t have access to quality education. And that you are ready to go that extra mile to help those who need your support. Teach for India (TFI) is back and this time it is ready to select more outstanding college graduates and young professionals as Fellows and reach out to more low-income schools. So, get ready to make a difference.
TFI is a nationwide 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. Currently, in its second year of operations, TFI has placed their first and second batch of over 200 Fellows in under-resourced English-medium, primary schools across Mumbai and Pune. Taking the ambitious movement forward, TFI will be moving to the nation’s capital, New Delhi in its third year of expansion for the 2011 Fellowship. By its fifth year, TFI aims to place hundreds of Fellows in the country’s top metropolitan cities and their surrounding rural areas.
It hit the state with a roadshow at IIT Kharagpur on Thursday. The TFI team will visit several colleges including St Xavier’s, Bethune, Jadavpur University, Indian Institute of Management (IIM C), IIT Kharagpur, Lady Brabourne, Loreto College, and Presidency College to seek Fellowship applicants from August 5-15. Students in their final-year and young professionals can apply for the two-year, full-time, paid TFI Fellowship. In the long run, the Fellows can become advocates of educational equity.
Shweta Gupta, who joined the movement as a Fellow last year, is excited about her assignment. “It let me fulfil a long-cherished dream to do something for underprivileged children, “said the IIM Calcutta student.
Those who join will be trained in innovative teaching methods and leadership skills in order to help bridge the student achievement gap. 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.
Application form is online at http://www.teachforindia.org. The application deadlines are: October 10, (first deadline), November 28 (second deadline) and January 9 (third deadline).
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