Reimagining Your Community
Act now to reimagine education!
Kids can bring about change in their communities today! Think about an issue in your community that really bothers you, imagine what your community will be like if you solve that issue, think of ways to actually solve the issue, then go out and act! Don't forget to share your journey with others so that they can try their own project too.
Here’s how you can start! Below you will find stories, learnings and exact steps you can try out to achieve what
these kids and educators did. Click on the resource that you'd like to learn and get started.
Let’s reimagine education together!
Creating Safe Spaces for Voice, virtually
Student Durbar is an effort to provide a platform for students to come together, showcase their talent and experience joy as they share and learn from each other. Teach For India Ahmedabad's Student Leadership Aggregator Committee created this platform for students. It is a city-wide non-competitive platform which provides kids with an opportunity to gain exposure and build their confidence. Due to the pandemic, these spaces have been conducted virtually. During these calls, the student hosts have been super enthusiastic and that has filled these virtual spaces with energy and joy. All the participants have been spreading the love in the chat box during performances and that has provided performers with a lot of encouragement!
This space has been witnessing a turnout of 120+ children from 10 different schools. They also had Teach For India Fellows, parents, school staff and Teach For India staff members and alumni as part of the audience. Students' performances ranged from poetry, singing, dancing, speech to even presentation of a project. Since this platform is owned by everyone who is participating, it is easy to kickstart this in any classroom, school and clusters of schools even!
How can you start such virtual safe spaces for student voice?
Reach out to your educators to kickstart the platform with a student sign-up form.
Use WhatsApp groups and e-mails to spread the word and boost the excitement for the day of hosting the space.
Invite as many stakeholders as possible in order to provide a diverse and large audience for amplifying the student voice to many kids and educators.
Prepare the student hosts to facilitate the Student Durbar by supporting them in finalizing the participant list,
sequencing them in a suitable order, writing a script and rehearsing it with them.
Ensure that the zoom link for the day has been shared and is working.
Have lots of fun engaging with the kids and educators at the Durbar!
After the call, share a gratitude e-mail with pictures and share next Student Durbar's date and sign-up details.
How is your Student Durbar going? Tell us!
Fellows of the Future
Empowering Student Leaders for a better tomorrow
Our work is grounded in the belief that Students can be Changemakers today. Through the Fellows of the Future intervention in 2020, we aimed to build a country-wide movement of student leaders who would drive local movements of change towards Reimagining Education. Our long term vision is that these young leaders develop a muscle towards transforming education at a young age, and over the years, innovate towards amplifying their impact.
Fellows of the Future 2020 was executed virtually due to the constraints of the Pandemic. We selected 25 young Changemakers from different cities and worked with them over the course of 6 weeks. These Students ranged from Grade 8 to Grade 12, with a strong vision for an excellent education being one of the key factors of eligibility. Learners engaged in synchronous learning spaces thrice a week as well as asynchronous learning packets on a weekly basis. Experts from different fields were brought in to drive diverse learning experiences. Every learner had a mentor who guided them to reflect on their personal growth and learnings.
The crux of this program is that students are the key stakeholders in the education system and hence, they play an integral role in changing it at every level. Over the 6 weeks, students were trained to build the knowledge, skills and mindsets they would need to work at the grassroot, community level and drive change from the bottom up, as they set out on their journeys.
How can you run a program that builds leaders of change for tomorrow?
Goal setting: Set clear goals and outcomes that you hope to achieve through this program. A few questions to guide you are:
What knowledge, skills and mindsets do I want students to leave with?
How will exposure develop these students as education leaders?
How am I qualitatively and quantitatively assessing their growth at different points?
Selection Criteria: Based on the goals and outcome metrics, think about what key competencies you are looking for in students. A few of these competencies might be ‘level of readiness’ , ‘strong passion for education’, ‘a high bar of excellence’, ‘time management skills’, etc.
Design and planning: Keeping your outcomes central, think about how you can plan for an intervention to reach them