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Little good things, good thoughts, good words, good deeds, Millions of little things together,

If you want to do something,do it from your heart - Ashfaq, Teach For India student

Can change the world



When an individual can look around and see a connection between the man that has too much bread and the man that has too little, then it becomes his/her human obligation to take action. Teaching was my way of taking action. - Mariyam Farooq, Teach For America Alumna, Teach For All Staff and Teach For India startup team

To create a movement of leaders
who will eliminate inequity in education

To match up to the lives of great souls like Gandhiji, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. and great statesmen like Nehru, Ambedkar and Patel is a daunting aspiration and responsibility. I take cautious steps every day towards meeting that grand vision. Words are easy. All of us can find a moment of inspiration in which to say them. Living them in action in every waking moment requires unbelievable amounts of courage and sustained inspiration. - Tarun Cherukuri, Teach For India Alumnus 2009

Short Term Teach For India kids on a different life path Long Term Leaders working until ALL children attain an excellent education
Toshif started the year somewhere above a grade 1 level in Reading Comprehension and now he's got 93% on a grade 4 paper, in class 4. At the beginning of the year, he had problems managing his anger and now most of his classmates describe him as passionate, helpful and caring. - Sanyukta Bafna, Teach For India Fellow 2011 With a positive impact on both students and teachers, Teach For India's concept is exemplary. Teaching students from underprivileged backgrounds can be a life changing experience. What can be more motivating than knowing you are playing a key role in transforming their entire future? - Anand Mahindra, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Teach For India is not just about what you do; it is about who you are. My skin is kind of sort of brownish Pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are grayish blueish green, But I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, But it's silver when it's wet. And all the colors I am inside Have not been invented yet. - Shel Silverstein You cannot give what you don't have. Therefore at Teach For India, we cannot teach our kids what we have not learnt ourselves, we cannot drive self awareness in others If we are not striving towards it ourselves,

Find your colours. Know, understand and care about the colours of those around you.

we cannot lead others if we do not know how to lead ourselves. Anasuya Menon, Training Team


A precious, loving bundle of potential. When I think of a Teach For India child, I think about a kid who is constantly engaged in learning, be it inside or outside the class. I see him or her exhibiting values, helping everyone around and expressing gratitude. I want to see this kid always striving to get better - a better student, a better human being and a better citizen. - Shivani Gandhi, City Team, Hyderabad

A teacher committed to doing what it takes to put every child on a different life path.

I realize one of our biggest strengths is that we are all on the side of the child majority of people we come across have different agendas, but we should uphold this one. - Saurabh Taneja, Teach For India Alumnus, 2009

When I think of a TFI Fellow, I think of a young adult who envisions a different India. A kinder, compassionate, more equitable India. A brave leader who is working rigorously in the classroom to give 40 students access to a new world that lifts them out of poverty. A believer who will seize opportunities to partner with the community, invest stakeholders, and gain as much knowledge as possible so that, one day, years from now, all children in India will attain an excellent education. - Jeet Patel, Recruitment Director

A Teach For India graduate who works for an India where every child attains an excellent education.

A leader building a movement of leaders. Staff is the custodian of the vision, mission and values of Teach For India. They inspire and invest all the stakeholders to become a part of Teach For India and finally find their puzzle piece and continue to be part of the movement as alumni. Anuja Kishore, HR Team

I hope that our alumni will create sustainable solutions and initiatives to all the problems and obstacles that come in the way of providing excellent education for all students. - Venil Ali, City Team, Mumbai

I hope our alumni embody our core values, work relentlessly for children, foster cooperation and collective effort, and are the strongest advocates of our movement. - Saahil Sood, City Team, Hyderabad

I hope our alumni have a multiplier effect. - Gayatri Lobo, Strategy, Alumni and Development Teams

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu


Reversing the statistics for our children through academic achievement, values and mindsets, and exposure and access. I hope that my children never forget where they came from, who they are today and what they want to be tomorrow. I want them to not just use the voice we equip them with but to use it judiciously and hope that this trickles down to a better tomorrow where they empower their children with what they have learnt to equip them to make informed decisions. - Animesh Priya, Teach For India Fellow 2011

The kind of leadership that ensures every child across India attains an excellent education. Transformational leadership to me is the ability to envision a never before imagined future and enabling a team to accomplish it by getting them to perform at levels they never believed they were capable of. - Sidharth Agarwal, City Team, Pune

Transformational teaching fundamentally changes students' life outcomes and equips them with opportunity, equity, and choice. It's leadership that does whatever it takes to ensure our students reach that vision - and thus their full potential. - Sandeep Rai, City Team, Pune

What constitutes a different life path is unique to each child we work with. I think it is about addressing a need/gap - which for some children might be vision, for others academics, for others confidence, for others parental support. To me it means working to support a child to change whatever is holding them back from reaching their full potential. - Anna Schofield, City Team, Delhi

Every day, we have so much to be thankful for. I think for me gratitude is about finding and appreciating joy in smallest of things in the people, places and things around me and saying thank you for those smallest of things, recognizing the joy and happiness they bring to me and others. - Emma Francis, City Team, Delhi

We must balance the urgency of our mission with being gentle on ourselves, each other, and Teach For India. In a gentle way, you can shake the world Gandhiji

We believe most things are not or, but and.


When you have the choice of not doing something or doing something, go ahead and do it.


While we value our individual opinions, we know that only our collective impact will take us to our mission.

I think of all the kids we work with and all the kids we want to reach. I think of all the people behind the scenes, working passionately, making tough decisions, working against odds every single day to make amazing things happen for all our kids. I think of the joy in small things and it means that I know we are on the path of getting to one day all children. - Shrutika Jhadav

Today, I asked students to write down what comes to their mind when they hear the word 'hero.' There were the obvious Salman Khan and Sharukh Khan answers and then there was Toshif's answer. He said, "When I hear the word hero it reminds me of teachers because they help children everyday, all the time and a hero's job is also to help people." - Sanyukta Bafna, Teach For India Fellow, 2011


Noun. A toy consisting of vanes of coloured paper or plastic pinned to a stick so that they revolve when blown on. Noun. A problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. To solve educational inequity, we need effective, strong leadership in each piece of this puzzle AND we need for our leaders to work together to solve educational inequity.

Round and round My Firki spins Its colours run and run

And show me with great certainty A movement has begun

Every time we love, we receive. Love is my spiritual practice. If you love all, you can effortlessly serve all. I try to practice love in every moment. I try to love myself first and then I try to love everyone I meet. I believe small is beautiful. As Mother Teresa said, "we can do no great things; only small things with great love." So if love is in the center, everything will naturally come together. - Jayesh bhai


To me it means to help someone till he or she gets success. - Nitin, Teach For India student

As I walked into class today, Samreen, all of 8, comes up to me and gives me a small little packet. In her broken English she tells me that since I write with chalk on the board every day my hands get dirty and so she has got me these plastic gloves to prevent that from happening. How could I not oblige? At the cost of looking stupid, I walked through school all day wearing a plastic glove! Zafar Bhatri, Teach For India Fellow, 2012

We think about our area of work and what each core value looks like for us, and for Teach For India. We know that our journey of leadership is a journey of learning, and living our core values.

When I help someone when nobody is looking at me like Didi or my parents. I help because it is a good thing and a kind thing to do. - Mubashera, Teach For India student

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

I feel that your actions should be true like your words. - Nitin, Teach For India student

It means when I am writing a test and I am scared because I don't know one answer and then the student in front knows and I cansee the answer in his paper but I don't copy because that is wrong. That is integrity. - Ovez, Teach For India student

Size of team doesn't matter. We work together and help everyone because in team we work as one. - Akhil, Teach For India student

A collection of people that achieves much more than the sum of their parts through collaborating, supporting and complementing each other. - Tomos Davies, Operations

When the Indian cricket team wins, India wins as a team.

- Ashfaq, Teach For India student

Making paper planes with the same paper even though your first plane has crashed. Problem is with the way you made the plane not with the paper, no, Didi? - Gulam Ali, Teach For India student

Resourcefulness is getting Shaheen to say no to Kate, taking money from Sid to give it to Somika, getting praised for it by Jeet, often confusing if not convincing others with fancy jargon like book balancing, CPF, budget etc. and still managing to show less spending to Anu and Deepak and saving enough for Gayatri's next year kitty Dimple Gujral, Finance and Admin Team

Respect means I invite open feedback and have faith in myself to reflect and learn. It also means I will take care of my needs and respect my body, my mind and relationships that matter. Humility is internalising my favourite three lines: Your stay on this earth is short Your role dispensable and your impact inconsequential
- Anu Aga, Teach For India Chairperson, Teach For India Board

Come first in class but don't talk about it so much. Help others also do their best. - Masuma, Teach For India student

Respecting someone in front and behind that person same way is respect . - Aman, Teach For India student

I'm not going through life with a safety net anymore. I'm a part of a bigger plan that involves millions of little children and 45 of my own. I'm part of an extraordinary team filled with people from all over the world who believe that inequality can and WILL be demolished. - Sharanya Ramesh, Teach For India Fellow 2012

If you want to do something, do it from your heart - Ashfaq, Teach For India student I know that when I grow up I can be who ever Iwant to be like a magician or a doctor or a circus-walla. - Sana, Teach For India student

A person who never gives up and he always tries his best to change the world - Aman, Teach For India student

Sense of possibility for me is having the power to dream big and then taking the responsibility to make it a reality. - Romana Shaikh, Training Team

When didi writes 'good' in my book, I want her to write 'excellent' next time, so I work hard even though my work is good. - Naved, Teach For India student

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others - Marianne Williamson

Thinking deeply for something great

- Ashfaq, Teach For India student

When we think about what we did bad or good and how we can improve - Ume Habiba, Teach For India student

A space to breathe and hear my instincts. A time to balance the outer voices with my inner voice. A chance to make sense of what has been, as well as to feel the energy of my questions and convictions about what is to come. - Emily Dew, City Team, Pune


In 2015-16, we will: 1. Recruit, select and matriculate 1000 Fellows with the potential to become leaders who will work relentlessly to eliminate educational inequity. 2. Place every child that Teach For India works directly with on a different life path through a focus on rigorous academic growth, values and mindsets, exposure and access. 3. Inspire, network and catalyze 2500 alumni who are at the forefront of the educational reform movement, working across sectors to ensure every child attains an excellent education. 4. Generate national focus around the educational crisis in India, the importance of educational equity and the role that every person has to play in solving it. 5. Build Teach For India into a great, enduring institution that has the talent, passion and resources needed to reach our vision.
Teach For India is not your average work place. Its got a buzz about it, a constant sense of excitement and energy that keeps everyone and everything going faster. The best thing about it? The freedom. You have the freedom to make thing happens. Have an idea that you believe in? Small or big, its up to you to make it come to life. When a place pushes you to think bigger and do more, when the people around you are young, excited and determined, that's when you start discovering what you're really capable of.
- Ayesha Dubash,Communications