Applications can be submitted online
Kolkata will soon be on the Teach for India (TFI) map. Schools across Kolkata are expected to have TFI fellows conducting interactive and informative classes from 2022. Aspiring teachers can start applying now.
Phase 4 of the TFI’s expansion brings the mission to eradicate ed-inequity east. Teach for India began its efforts to bring an end to educational inequity across India in 2009. Over the past 12 years, fellows and employees of the organisation have worked towards providing excellent education to students of government and low-income private schools. Kolkata is all set to become the 8th city in India to have TFI fellows.
Becoming a fellow
Application form for the fellowship are available on the official website. Applications will be accepted in three rounds this year. Any Indian citizen or an Overseas Citizen of India can apply for the fellowship. The minimum educational qualification required is a Bachelor’s degree by June/July 2022. Those who have applied for one round cannot apply for another round in the same year.
Journey so far
Teach for India is a part of the 60-country Teach for All global network. The organisation operates in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Kolkata will be the latest addition to the list of cities. Over 28,000 students of government and low-income private schools have experienced TFI classrooms over the years. Every year, hundreds of young professionals and college graduates join the organisation as fellows. Today there are over 4,000 alumni of the organisation working in the education sector at different levels.
The road east
Till 2021, TFI had been placing fellows in some 250 schools across 7 cities. The last time the organisation expanded to a new site was in 2015 when Bangalore was added to the list. Even though there were no schools in the eastern zone, TFI has seen a large number of fellows enrolling each year from east Indian cities. Over 300 fellows from Jadavpur University, University of Calcutta and IIT Guwahati have been a part of the TFI journey.
“Bengal has been the centre of educational reforms right from the days of Vidyasagar and Tagore. I am excited to see how that legacy impacts what we do at TFI Kolkata and across India. My hope for TFI Kolkata is that it enables every child to live with a fearless mind and with their heads held high,” Mainak Roy, co-founder and CEO of Simple Education Foundation.
The plan so far
Teach for India has started recruitment for its 2022 cohort. Around 30 fellows will be placed in government and low-income private schools across Kolkata. Over the next two years, they will teach subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies to students between Classes I and X.
The organisation is in the process of narrowing down the list of schools where the fellows will be placed. Starting small, the first year will be a test to find the most impactful way the organisation can function.
Speaking about the future of TFI in Kolkata, Shaheen Mistri, CEO and founder trustee of Teach for India, said, “Expanding into Kolkata will help further our vision of ensuring that all of our students receive a 21st-century holistic education that grows their leadership and prepares them for a rapidly evolving world.”
What the future holds
Once roots are firmly placed in Kolkata, there are plans of branching out in the east. There are hopes that in the long run fellows will be bringing their learnings to orphanages as well as institutions like madrasas, a source revealed.
Expanding to rural Bengal as well as other cities in the eastern zone is on the cards in the coming years. “The presence of Teach for India in Kolkata would help us build not only the knowledge and capabilities but also the partnerships needed to accelerate and deepen our Alumni’s impact towards educational equity in the region,” the chief programme officer at Teach for India, Aakanksha Gulati, said.
Visit the Teach for India website for further information.
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