What is Teach For India?

Teach For India (TFI) is a non-profit organisation that is a part of the Teach For All network. The Fellowship recruits college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Teach For India is a brilliant initiative that tries to provide equal educational opportunities for children who otherwise have no access to a formal education.

While children are enrolled in primary school, there is a high drop out rate and India continues to have over 2.27 million children out of school. In India, about 4% of all children never start school, 58% don’t complete primary schools, 90% don’t complete secondary school, and only about 10% of children go to college.

The TFI Fellows work in more than 200 schools in seven cities of India - Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad reaching approximately 38,000 students. The organisation plans to expand to 2000 fellows working across 10 cities teaching at least 60,000. TFI was started by a group of activists led by Shaheen Mistri who wanted to bring about a systemic change in the Indian education sector by infusing committed teachers into the system.


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