Pune is a city that has long been known as the Oxford of the East; what is less known perhaps, is that it is beset with inequality. With only 29% of its school-going population entering Grade VII and less than 10% even entering college, it's a city where opportunity has often targeted only the most affluent.
Teach For India (TFI) started in 2009, envisions a different reality for Pune's 600,000 students - one where every child in the city receives an excellent education – an education that affords them the choice, equity, and opportunity to succeed in life.
We plan to achieve this through our two part model - short term and long term. In the short-term, through our Fellowship program, we provide an opportunity for India's most promising individuals to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the Pune’s most under-resourced schools.
In the long-term, we build and support a powerful force of Alumni who work towards affecting systemic change to realise educational opportunity for all. We are currently present in 52 government and private schools across Pune and are directly impacting over 10,000 students, with our alums reaching tens of thousands more.
Isha Vidhya aims to provide high quality school education to rural children who cannot otherwise access or afford it. The holistic, activity-based approach nurtures children's development beyond just academics, ensuring that students realize their full potential and learn in a joyful manner.
Today there are 9 rural schools in the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Villupuram, Salem, Cuddalore and Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu and in the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The first 7 schools currently have classes from Kindergarten to Class 12, while the Chittoor School, which was started in June 2012, and Dharmapuri, which started in 2013-14, have classes from LKG to Class 10.
The schools have clean and spacious classrooms, adequate toilet facilities, science, maths and computer labs, digital classrooms, a library, a playground and play equipment. No compromise is made in the quality of the facilities provided to the students.
The schools have 8,132 students. Many are first-generation learners from underprivileged families. About 64% of these children are supported on full scholarships while the remaining pay a nominal fee. The scholarships cover tuition, notebooks, and textbooks.
Muktangan Mitra is working in the field of “Drug Demand Reduction”, treatment of substance users, research in this field and also sensitize & aware the members of society and has a very good track record since its inception.
Late Dr. Anita Awachat and Dr. Anil Awachat founded Muktangan Rehabilitation Center on August 29th, 1986 with the financial help from Pu-La Deshpande foundation and technical guidance from Dr. Anand Nadkarni. Over the time span of almost 32 years, it has achieved the status of being one of the best institutes in the field of Drugs & Alcohol de-addiction today. Its treatment module of 30 days based on Gandhian Principals, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Alcoholic Anonymous is considered as a Role Model and recommended by the concerned authorities. It is also the first institute with ISO 9001:2015 certification in this field.
Bapu Trust started by working in the slums of Lohia Nagar and Kashewadi by providing community based mental health care. We provide individual & group counselling services, nutritional & medicinal support, art based therapy, peer support, and other need based services. We believe that care and belonging is a very effective alternative to the institutionalization or Excessive drugging of people with emotional/mental health issues and psycho social disabilities. All these facilities & psychosocial support is provided free of cost in the bastis’ of Pune, through skilled & dedicated staff. Group therapy has benefited single woman, adolescent boys /girls, care givers of mentally retarded children, pregnant women, and victims of domestic violence.
Mentoring of adolescent boys & girls , adds value to their Life skills & helps them to optimize their potential & be more rounded. This adds to their academic performance. Our work is skill intensive & service is provided through a team of Clinical psychologists, social workers, Art based therapists. & grass root staff. Forbes Marshal was supporting our Therapeutic groups for a period of 3 years .
"Project Nanhi Kali helps educate underprivileged girl children from socially and economically marginalized families living in urban, rural and tribal parts of India. This is a national sponsorship program which provides academic and material support to disadvantaged girls so that they can complete their education with dignity. The vision of educating and empowering the girl child saw Naandi Foundation join hands with KC Mahinda Educational Trust to start Project Nanhi Kali. The Project has now expanded its area of operations in 12 states covering over 1, 30,000 Nanhi Kalis across India."
India is currently facing one of the worst educational crises in the world. Today, not every child enrolls in school and less than 10% graduate from school and enter college. Most of those who are in school do not get an excellent education - one that truly maximizes their potential and gives them the opportunities to do what they want to do and be who they want to be.
Teach For India is a non-profit organization that believes in an excellent education for all children and is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in our country. In the short-term, through our Fellowship program, we provide an opportunity for India's brightest and most promising individuals to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the nation's most under-resourced schools. Their classroom becomes a platform for leadership learning and they strive to ensure that every child maximizes his or her potential. Fellows provide their students with opportunities to grow in academics and develop values and mindsets. This growth is measured through regular internal and external assessments.
Through this experience of teaching in classrooms and working with key education stakeholders like students, principals, and parents - our Fellows get exposed to the grassroots realities of India's education system and begin to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to identify their role in building a larger movement for equity in education.
We received 1200 applications when we first started operations with the 2009-11 Fellowship program. This number has grown to over 15,000 for the 2016-18 cohort with a selectivity rate between 6-8.5%. Today, we have 1250 Fellows impacting over 45000 Children Across 7 Cities - Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai & Bangalore. There is an almost 50:50 ratio split between those who join from an academic background vs. those who come with professional work experience.
In the long-term, we build and support a powerful force of Alumni, who informed by their experiences and insights, work towards affecting systemic changes to realize educational opportunity for all. Our Alumni work in diverse roles within the education sector - as teachers, teacher-trainers, school principals, curriculum designers and education policy researchers as well as in the ecosystem surrounding and supporting the education sector - as journalists, lawyers, health experts, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
Currently, we have 1500 Alumni, approximately 57% of our which remain within the education sector. They all collectively continue to work towards Teach For India's vision that one day, all children will attain an excellent education!
Make your running more significant by raising awareness and funds for those who are truly in need of it. With Pune Running, you don't just run to outrun your limitations but also help those who deserve better in life.
We work closely with a host of NGOs and charities so as to lend a helping hand to the needy and disadvantaged of the society.
Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative is an environmentally sustainable initiative, undertaken by Serum Institute of India and Mr. Adar Poonawalla as an contribution towards social responsibility, and aspires to make Indian Urban Cities more livable. It will strive to achieve this objective through efficient and scientific management of Organic Food Waste. Organic Food Waste when disposed unscientifically create a series of social, environmental and health hazards such as emission of hazardous / poisonous green house gases, odor, breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes, bacteria and viruses, polluting of ground water reserves amongst others. Such food / organic waste generated in large volume in Urban Cities can be processed scientifically to be converted into renewable energy and organic manure. At current estimates, 52-55% of total municipal waste generated in urban cities is Organic in nature. When such waste is segregated and removed separately - at source - it will enable for rest of the inorganic waste like plastic, metal, paper, rags, etc. to be also available for scientific processing and recycling. This will ensure minimization of land fill and freeing up of urban land for more productive / constructive use by the cities.