A Passion for Education: Partnership with Teach For India
In a country where six million children of primary school age never enroll in school, promoting equality in India's educational system is a must. Getting children into school is one thing, keeping them there is another. Of those who do enroll, 30% drop out without finishing primary education. At secondary level, only one in ten successfully completes grade 10. As part of Deutsche Post DHL's GoTeach program, the company's partnership with Teach For India (TFI) helps children in low-income communities gain access to a better education.
Classrooms and competitions
Teach For India enlists outstanding university graduates and young professionals to teach for two years in schools based in areas with high educational needs in India. The program belongs to the global Teach For All network with partner organizations in 26 countries and reaches more than 975,000 children worldwide.
Since the kick-off of the partnership between Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) and TFI in November 2010, DPDHL has organized donation drives for used computers and laptops as well as for stationary items to facilitate classroom learning for students.
As part of Global Volunteer Day 2012, over 120 employees of DHL and Blue Dart visited Teach For India partner schools - as well as other non-partner schools - in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The volunteers read stories and spoke with students about the importance of preventative health care.
Developing talents and skills
Recognizing the talents of the Teach For India teachers (known as Fellows) and to unlock their potential, a Leadership Development Program has been organized for about 30 Fellows. The four-day program offers structured training that will better equip the Fellows with leadership and interpersonal skills suitable for their teaching stints as well as for their subsequent professional careers in business.