Posted on October 22, 2008 by Shital
A spin-off of the popular Teach for America, Teach for India is now in place and accepting applications. For the inaugural year of TFI, 100 fellows will be placed in schools in Mumbai and Pune. Fellows will receive support from staff and mentors, training before and during service, formal reviews, and will be exposed to a variety of career options after their two-year fellowship.
Applications will be available to submit online soon, or alternatively, you can email a copy. More information on applying can be found here. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due December 1, 2008 or February 1, 2009.
Teach For India (TFI) is a national program that aims to narrow the education gap in India by placing India’s most outstanding college graduates and young professionals, of all academic majors and career interests, in low-income schools to teach for two years. In the short run, TFI will provide a source of dedicated teachers who will work tirelessly to expand, in a measurable way, the educational opportunities available to hundreds of thousands of India’s most underprivileged children. In the long run, TFI will aim to build a powerful and ever-growing leadership force of alumni who, informed by their experiences and insights, will work from inside and outside of education to effect fundamental, long-term changes necessary to ultimately realize educational opportunity for all.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to “teach, lead, and transform.” Apply now!
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Posted on October 15, 2008 by Shital
Today, October 15th, is Blog Action Day, and as Aishwarya mentioned before, the theme this year happens to be “poverty” – a topic that TC-I touches on in all of its posts and through the belief that social innovation and social enterprises can contribute to alleviating poverty.
TC-I is rife with examples of how social enterprises work in action, and this week’s announcement from the Members Project American Express competition includes yet another success story from India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation was a finalist in the competition, receiving $100,000 towards its goal of feeding 1 million children daily.
The impact of the foundation is described:
For less than $30 a year, a child in India can receive a school lunch for the 220-day whole year. These programs have resulted in greater attendance, reduced drop out and truancy rates, and better cognitive development for children – often by 10-20%. It will also shield many children from the impact of these tough economic times and the rising cost of food around the world.
WIth organizations like this, large-scale solutions to lessen poverty are becoming more and more successful. TC-I encourages its readers to get involved with the issues surrounding poverty, both through Blog Action Day and in countless other ways.
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