These ConnecTeach projects have benefited nearly 2,400 teachers, in turn directly impacting close to 140,000 students, making a difference that will last a lifetime.
ConnecTeach is celebrating its fifth year of partnership with the Hope Foundation schools in Hyderabad and Chennai. Following the successful implementation of workshops and completion of follow-up activities, we have initiated three Teacher Leaders from the Hope Foundation schools to reinforce the lasting impact of effective teaching practices and ongoing creative collaboration. Usha, Divya, and Rani are serving as role models of engaged teaching in their schools and supporting their colleagues to raise the standard of education for children living and learning in the slums.
In 2015, ConnecTeach won a Dell Partnership grant with HOPE to implement a digital literacy program with HOPE and several of its partners in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Coimbatore.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Prabath, the Chief Program Officer in Chennai, for Hope Foundation, has this to say about partnering with ConnecTeach: ”We are of the opinion that partnering with ConnecTeach will be a boon not only to us but to the colony residents too.”
What began as a pilot training project for English language teachers has blossomed into a rich collaboration that impacts education quality on a regional and national level.
We are designing and delivering a comprehensive series of English Language Literacy workshops and materials, consulting on effective development of Language Resource Centers, and participation in policy pape rs to develop an early literacy initiative. Partnering since early 2014, it is a joy to support the effort and dedication that the teachers and trainersin this organization have, and we are proud to work together to raise the level of education quality for the many students they serve.
Om Foundation, founded in 2002, is an urban slum school in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. While the school is co-educational and serves over 200 students, preference is given to girl children, who are typically denied access to education. We have partnered with Om Foundation since 2012.
The Garage School
The Garage School is committed to developing, motivating, and supporting the lives of underprivileged children in Karachi, Pakistan. We are happy to support the dedicated staff of this school through online modules and resources for success that would otherwise not be available. Through The Garage School and their outreach efforts, ConnecTeach will be impacting several additional schools through a unique strategy of distance capacity building.
Al Aqsa University
Located in the Gaza Strip, Al Aqsa University is committed to the principles of human rights and preparing its students with the knowledge, skills, and values to serve the Palestinian community. We are supporting the University’s mission through the development and delivery of online modules and resources to enhance education quality for both students and teachers throughout the community.
Kikulu and Walugogo Teacher Training College
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Kikulu Foundation. In the spring of 2016, ConnecTeach will provide training, materials, and resources to teachers and teacher trainers pre-service teachers in the Walugogo Training College in Iganga, Uganda.
Raje Chatrapati Maharaj Vidyalaya
Located in Dharavi, Mumbai, South Asia’s largest slum, Raje Chatrapati Maharaj Vidyalaya serves over 2,500 students, in grades K-10. This is one of a few schools serving the children living in this slum. ConnecTeach initiated a partnership with a 2-day workshop in the summer of 2014.
Katha Lab Schools
Katha Lab schools, founded in 1988, works to reduce social injustice and poverty through education. There are a total of 71 schools that serve over 8,250 slum children in north India. ConnecTeach worked with the Katha school in Govindpuri slums in 2012 to provide professional development for 80 teachers.
The Covenant Center for Development (CCD)
The CCD was founded in 1993 to work with rural schools, youth, and women near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Sri Ramana Maharishi Primary and Nursery School, in Sevaiyur is a small rural school, with only 10 teachers serving over 200 students from 10 villages. We worked with CCD and 7 other schools in and around Madurai in 2012.
St. Mary’s High School – Coimbatore
St. Mary’s High School in Coimbatore is affiliated with Hope Foundation schools,
a longtime ConnecTeach partner. The Indian government pays the salaries of the
teachers in grades 6, 7, and 8. This leads to a division in the faculty, as the
government-subsidized teachers are paid almost seven times more and the
professional accountability is less. Although St. Mary’s is an English medium
school, the government does not support the English classes. The government
school teachers have recently participated in government driven professional
development which included English as a topic.
St. Mary’s students from every religion are accepted. Most students (60%) are
identified as Hindu, 30% are Muslim, and 10% are Christian. Twenty-five percent of
the student body is identified as coming from the Most Backward Castes. Difficult home life situations weigh heavily on student performance, and absence is a common problem.
In June. 2015, ConnecTeach conducted a two-day workshop at St. Mary’s, covering a range of topics that included effective questioning, lesson planning, student engagement,
and classroom management.