Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.
DU Beat talked to Raisha Galib, LSR Alumni and Fellow, Teach for India currently teaching at Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension, Delhi.
Q. Tell us about yourself!
Ans. I am originally from Assam and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College with a degree in History in 2014. I heard about Teach For India from the campaign lead of the movement in my college. In my second year of college I wanted to volunteer in a TFI Classroom but missed the application deadline. I had never thought that one year down the line, I would be taking up the fellowship journey.
Q. What do you think is the best part of teaching and what are the not-so-good parts?
Ans. The best part about teaching is noticing how my students started taking ownership and being productive and how they took the values taught by us outside the classroom.
The not so good parts are how failures are often more than successes, and how as a teacher you need to be constantly motivated to push more efforts.
Q. How different are the TFI teaching methods than the conventional teaching methods?
Ans. At Teach For India, the focus is towards a more experiential way of learning where even though the need for marks in the system we are in is recognised, but the clear purpose behind an education is not defeated. Kids are encouraged to find their own styles of learning and delve into concept clarity. The education is also deep rooted on teaching through values and providing access and exposure to the students through various cultural platforms. Children are at the core of the work that we do and love to see them take ownership of their own growth and battle problems in their own communities.
Q. How does the Teach For India experience change a person?
Ans. The TFI experience both within and outside the classroom takes a fellow on a journey of personal transformation. It not only imbibes a person with patience, relentless hard work, vision setting, relationship building, but also makes one realise the importance and value of grit. The professional and emotional investment never seems to be enough as one tries to be the best of oneself for their students. It made me value each personal struggle, each helping hand, small joys of life and to find light in the darkest of places. It made me value people and their stories much more.
Interview taken by Kartikeya Bhatotia