Teaching for Change (August 2014, Wow Magazine)


TeachingforChange_Page_2Introduction: In 12th grade when most students think of lucrative careers, Chaitanya has chosen the path seldom taken and has made a difference in the lives of many future citizens.


Article: Recognizing Chaitanya’s efforts as a student manager in the community service department, in 2007, a student of Abhyasa International school, Toopran, Chaitanya was awarded the “Youth Excellence Award” at the Youth Assembly, United Nations.


Since then Chaitanya developed a keen interest in community development and spent three years researching about education. He registered Passionate Foundation, a non-profit organization that adopts government schools and remodels them to provide better facilities and education to the students.


Initially, Passionate Foundation adopted a government school at Bowenpally. They provided cleaner toilets, infrastructure, a few food items like egg, banana, and veg curry that accompanied the government provided rice and sambar for the mid-day meals. Soon, they realised that the school needed to imbibe leadership skills and English was the subject they needed to concentrate. Thus, Teach for Change was born.


Thus dividing their initiatives in three categories: Let’s Build; Dialouge; and Let’s Teach


Our Let’s Build Initiative works to make government schools better places to study and for the overall development of a kid. Under this initiative, they adopt government schools and transform them into model school by providing Infrastructure, Teaching Tools, Toilets, Drinking water, Value classes, Computer Training and other facilities.


Dialouge is a project under which they organize youth conferences, panel discussions and youth related events. These events are organized to encourage youth participation in community service and social responsibility.


Let’s Teach is a program where they commit two hours every week for educating government school children.


Also Passionate Foundation has initiated Teach for change, early this year


Teach for Change:


As part of the Teach for Change Initiative, volunteers from various professional back ground will be screened trained for two weeks and then they would teach Leadership and English Program in government Schools.


Started in 2014, the first phase of teach for change saw retired IAS officers, housewives, professionals among others.


Among the ten schools they have adopted the schools, a few are: Government High School, Hasmakpet, Bowenpally; Government Primary School, JNTU, Kukatpally; Government High School, Filmnagar, Jubilee Hills; Government High School, Ameerpet, DK Road; and Government High School, Yousufguda. They aim to reach out to more schools as they are now gearing up for their phase 2 of teach for change.


Who can apply?


Anyone from a professional to a housewife who can dedicate their weekends or be a full time teacher–It is important to have passion to teach and a fair knowledge of English. Post the screening, they can teach at different government schools.


Contact details : To apply, check: http://teachforchange.in/