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Teach For India started in 2008, with the vision of providing all children access to an excellent education. Here are 7 inspiring women educators and entrepreneurs who are changing the way we perceive in India today.
Teach For India started in 2008, with the vision of providing all children access to an excellent education. Since then, over 900 educators have joined their fellowship programs and have emerged as leaders who are trying to eliminate the educational inequality that is rampant in India.
Here are seven inspiring women educators and entrepreneurs who are changing the way we perceive in India today.
Mistri founded Akanksha Foundation in 1991 as a college student to provide education for street children.
Today, the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves over 10,000 children in Mumbai and Pune through its after-school centres and School Project.
In 2008, Shaheen established Teach For India, a non-profit organization, with the goal of providing quality education by developing a pipeline of leaders. Teach For India is focused on developing student and alumni leadership in order to reach one million children in the next five years.
These Teach for India alumni women are making a difference in the world.
Hemakshi Meghani founded the Indian School of Democracy with the goal of developing leaders with a tangible course of change and boundless imagination.
Before becoming a Teach For India Fellow in 2011, she worked in several startups focused on education policy. She later graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School.
While studying public policy, she realized how people taking up empathetic leadership roles could help make a community’s life freer, safer, and prosperous.
Swetha is the Co-Founder and Director of the Key Education Foundation.
As a TFI Fellow, she learned many things about child development, and it’s relation to nurture.
Upon finding out that 90% of a child’s brain develops before the age of six, and that early childhood education can improve their life outcomes for a long time. It became her mission to provide adequate early childhood education (ECE).
In India, there are many gaps in ECE, and it is not focused on many different sections of society. The Key Education Foundation was established to regulate this space in ECE.
Chandni Chopra co-founded Khel Khel Mein, a non-profit initiative aimed at instilling a sports culture in the lives of Indian children.
Chandni is currently the Chief Program Officer of the Simple Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming government schools in India, with the aim to provide better infrastructure and access to learning materials.
Prior to joining Simple Education Foundation, she worked as a Program Manager for TFI, where she led Udyami programme in Delhi, which encouraged young students to address issues in their own community.
Pooja Chopra is the founder of Khwaab Welfare Trust, which focuses on women in low-income communities by teaching them basic livelihood skills.
Her trusts specializes in providing them with the knowledge they need to achieve financial independence and empowerment.
Pooja’s believes that a financially capable and empowered woman can positively influence her child’s education, her family’s well-being, and the development of her community.
Khwaab works to create a thriving market for low-income community women in Mandawali, East Delhi, who make handmade, artisanal, and eco-friendly products.
Ankita Nawalakha founded The New Education Project on the belief that leadership for a better world can be developed and nurtured at a young age.
To do so, a young child’s unique talents must be identified and adequately harnessed, and guided.
Ankita was a Teach for India fellow twice, and in the second year she honed her teaching skills; learning lessons on how to encourage children to become leaders today not tomorrow,
And to do so, her foundation focuses on how each child has a distinct ability to lead, and they are educated accordingly.
Nisha Subramaniam, is a sociologist and educator from Chennai.
After Teach For India Chennai fellowship co-founded Kanavu with Shivaranjani Ramasubramaniyan to see what would happen if all children received an excellent education.
Kanavu is a non-profit organization that leads educational and community development efforts in rural Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. She also runs ‘Sura,’ a social enterprise that trains and recruits rural women to sew affordable lifestyle products for a global audience.
There is still a lot more to learn and do in the sector of education in India. If the stories of these seven women have inspired you to become a teacher, you can volunteer at Teach For India today
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