Teach for India strongly believes and works for their primary goal to “build a movement of leaders to eliminate educational inequality” and give all children quality education. The foundation aims to do this through running a two year Fellowship and supporting an ever-growing Alumni movement. The Teach For India Fellowship is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising youth, who come from top tier institutions to volunteer as full-time teachers for the under privileged.
Through two years of teaching and working with key education stakeholders, the Fellows know the ground reality and the challenges facing these children and try to empower them with education, leadership skills and progressive mindsets. Alumni start their own organizations or hold key positions of leadership, both within and beyond the education sector, enabling them to impact the lives of millions of children collectively.
Why have we chosen Teach for India?
At HinduSoc, we firmly believe this initiative is a perfect opportunity to do Seva (self-less service). Education and knowledge are considered to be sacred and a powerful tool, universally and in Hindu culture.
Education is a fundamental right that should not depend on how much money a student has. However unfortunately today, the circumstances a child is born into limits the quality of education, future opportunities and his/her future quality of life. Currently more than 50% of students in Grade 5 cannot read a Grade 2 text or solve a simple subtraction problem.
Nevertheless, TFI, for many years now has been trying to help solve a few issues, to improve the education system in India. And, we as some of the most privileged children in this world wanted to help TFI as much as we can. Because after all, as the Sanskrit motto Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam indicates, the world is one big family, and family helps each other. Hence, we at UNSWHinduSoc decided to collaborate with other societies with similar beliefs to help raise funds for such an important cause.
What will the funds be used for?
The funds raised will be provided to TFI for use with the aim to improve the infrastructure in a TFI school in Hyderabad and will include but not be limited to:
-Purchase of educational books for classrooms and library
-Renovating washrooms and classrooms
-Building a hygienic cafeteria for mid-day meals(currently the students eat next to a drain)
Who are we?
UNSW Hindu Society: Aligning to the Sanskrit motto,"वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्" (the world is one family), HinduSoc aims to have fun and be a family for EVERYONE. So you get to meet friends and make everlasting relationships with them, while also getting a glimpse on the wisdom and arts of one of the world's oldest cultures .
UTS Indian Society: UTS Indian Society is a Cultural society that provides all the university students with an Indian cultural experience. We even provide a range of networking opportunities for members to build up a lasting social network. But most importantly we make sure that we treat our members as family and provide them with strength, support and advice whenever possible.
USYD Indian Society: The USYD Indian Cultural Society is better known as 'Ekansh' Society which itself means a complete family. And this is where our true motive lies, we aim to create an ideal image of our Indian culture and values that connects students from abroad and domestic, and allows them to find a home away from home with the Ekansh family. Our events are filled with fun, entertainment, energy and excitement that highly depicts our Indian culture.
Knox College Unicef: Knox College UNICEF’s mission to work to achieve gender fairness and equality, work with children and adolescents and amplifying their concerns, and to understand the global situation facing children everywhere. We want to create a sense of community for Knox students, and open up events so the educational component of the organization’s mission statement isn’t limited to our immediate community but also on an international scale. That’s why we want to collaborate with USNW HinduSoc on the Teach for India Fundraiser event, with the shared purpose to “build a movement of leaders to eliminate educational inequality and help children attain an excellent education”.
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