Administrator | November 26, 2016



A teacher training fellowship to help improve learning outcomes in low­cost schools

Incubated Since 2015 Headquarters Pune Sector Education Sub-sector Teacher training
Senior advisor Portfolio Manager Vikash Jha

"Better teachers create better learning outcomes. We exist to supply high quality teachers to high­need schools."
- Sowmya Jain, co­Founder, iTeach Fellowship

The Entrepreneur

Prashant Mehrishi is an MBA with over 15 years of corporate experience in the IT
and Insurance sector and Soumya Jain, an M.S. from Penn State University, has
four years of experience working in an electronics company in the US. They were
both part of the Teach for India Fellowship.

The Challenge

The teacher is the single most important factor in determining a student’s learning

New teachers enter the system every year, full of potential. Lack of a support system to
assist them leads to them getting disinvested very quickly, and eventually losing their
motivation to become great teachers. Teachers are being blamed for low student learning,
when in fact these outcomes are despite their best efforts.

The Innovation

iTeach is a one­year programme for fresh teaching graduates (B.Ed Teachers) providing
them with professional development opportunities, rewards and recognition. The
Fellowship requires teachers to attend two workshops every month, mostly conducted in
their school itself. These workshops cover integral components such as basic pedagogy,
value education, culture building and conceptual and hands­on learning. Post the workshop,
the teachers are expected to implement the learning in their classrooms.

The Impact

iTeach envisions penetration in 10 ‘A’ tier cities by 2020. In the next 3 years, they plan to add 200 fellows in their mission to create better and happier teachers

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