Filling the gaps in the current education system so that a child has an equal opportunity to complete their schooling and receive a quality education — one that focuses on exposure, problem solving, creative thinking, building confidence and nurturing responsible citizens.
iTeach set up its first school in 2015 in Pune, through a public-private partnership with the PMC to offer free secondary level education. They currently operate 8 schools in Pune city.
Over the three years of Bansuri support, iTeach introduced various programs and activities to promote holistic child development.
Reading: In academic programs, choice reading was introduced to invoke the love of reading in students, after which it was found that on average a child was reading 1-2 novels a month. Joy of Reading, an international NGO, worked with iTeach to inculcate the habit of reading and helped improve fluency and comprehension.
Blended Learning: A technology based learning approach was used by involving the use of online digital media with traditional classroom methods to learn English and maths
Sport: iTeach collaborated with Cool Coach for crossfit training to all students and with Just for Kicks to set up an under 16 boys football team from the school.
Culture: The Apprentice Project taught students singing, dancing, public speaking, art & craft, coding and drama; while 50 students signed up with Baithak Foundation to learn Indian classical music.
Personal & Professional Development: School of Life conducted advisory sessions with students to help them deal with personal issues, which in turn helped improve attendance and reduce the need for corrective conversations. Antrang worked with grade 10 students to address career related topics.
Bansuri supported iTeach for 3 years from 2015-2018 at their BJR school and actively engaged in cultural exposure initiatives for the students. Bansuri encouraged the integration of art into the school curriculum and brought in Baithak Foundation to introduce students to Indian classical music. Industrial visits were organised at Alicon Castalloy Ltd facilities in Pune to teach students about manufacturing concepts like Kaizen, quality control systems, accuracy, R&D and problem solving.