Teach For India Mumbai Hosts Elementary Education Conference
Last month, Teach for India hosted an Elementary Education Conference that brought together a variety of stakeholders that engaged in a dialogue about what is really important to the development of our younger students. Inspired by an idea that stemmed from casual conversations and observations, this conference aimed to shift what elementary education means to TFI’s elementary educators, and thereby impact the cascading effect those formative years have on secondary education by shifting focus to three key levers – health and nutrition, reading and computing, and self-awareness.
The conference saw 80 Elementary students, 24 Secondary students, Fellows, Staff, Student’s Parents and School Leaders come together – all of them with the collective vision of strengthening Elementary Education and understand their role in it. The whole experience was enhanced by a panel discussion of educators who have been working towards this vision for years now. The distinguished panel included Zoe Hauser, Head of Primary School at B.D. Somani International School, Rafique Ansari, President of the Rahee Foundation, Naheeda Ansari, Elementary Teacher at the Akanksha Foundation (and Alumna of the same!), and Sanyukta Bafna, Curriculum and Programs Specialist at A2Q Education. The audiences present were all inspired by the notion of student voice and what it can accomplish, and pushed to consider what each of their roles were fostering the same in whatever way possible.
Teach for India’s Elementary School students also contributed to this experience by presenting various projects and activities that they were conducting in their own classrooms to strengthen their education.
At the end of the day, this space was above all, created with the idea to spark confidence in little souls, vision in our educators and a direction in the kind hearts of our students’ parents. When asked about what impact they wanted to have by enabling spaces like these, the organisers of this wonderful event hope for sustained inspiration and shifts in practice among their school leaders and their students’ parents, “We hope that this space has empowered our School Leaders and parents to reimagine what’s possible for Elementary students and they create systems to build a strong ecosystem for our kids.”