Teach For India
Teach For India (TFI) is an Indian non-profit organisation, which is a part of the Teach For All global movement. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified Indian college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, in the hopes of putting their students on a fundamentally different life path. Through the 'Teaching as Leadership' framework, Teach For India staff provides training and support to Fellows so that they can employ innovative teaching strategies to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom. After two years of the Fellowship, the Fellows become a part of an alumni movement. The aim of this movement is for the alumni to work from inside and outside the educational system to affect the long-term changes necessary to realize educational opportunity for all. Teach For India is currently in seven cities. impacting 38,000 children through 1100 Fellows, 200 staff members and 1050 alumni.
In 2006, 17 years after starting the Akanksha Foundation, Shaheen felt compelled to address the issue of educational inequity at scale. As she thought through the solution, she believed that the answer lay in a people’s movement that needed to come together to provide every child in India an excellent education.
In 2007, Shaheen met with Wendy Kopp, the Founder of Teach For America and was struck by the idea of leadership being at the core of the solution. In 2009, Teach For India welcomed their first cohort, the Class of 2009, to the Fellowship. The 87 “niners” formed the beginning of what Shaheen hoped would become a nationwide movement of diverse leaders.
In 2011, their Niners graduated from the Fellowship and became the first cohort in their Alumni movement. Through their work as Alumni, the hope was that they would become lifelong leaders for equity. Their first cohort of Alumni went into teaching, teacher training, school leadership, and government policy.
Today, they have 1250 Fellows working relentlessly in the short-term to change the lives of students in their classrooms and become leaders for change themselves. And they have 1500 Alumni who are collectively fuelling the larger movement towards their vision.
The problem of educational inequity cannot be solved alone. Their story is in the relentless efforts of their Fellows, Alumni, staff, partners and supporters, and their children. Together, they can redraw India to be the country they want it to be.
VISION: They believe that one day all children will attain an excellent education
MISSION: To build a movement of leaders to eliminate educational inequitySee more