BENGALURU: Teach For Change, a non-governmental organisation, which strives to improve literacy standards at government high schools, is planning to come to Bengaluru.
The organisation which has already roped in 100 schools across the country, has shortlisted 10 government schools in the city.
The first phase of the initiative includes hiring a hundred volunteers to teach English and leadership skills at the ten schools.
The announcement was made in the presence of social activist Swami Agnivesh, actor Sumalatha Ambareesh, and Teach For Change's goodwill ambassador and actor Lakshmi Manchu and CEO Chaitanya MRSK.
Headquartered in Hyderabad, Teach for Change is actively involved in 100 high schools in Hyderabad (Telangana), 10 schools in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) and 10 schools in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
Chaitanya said, “A survey in 2010 conducted across 16,000 villages found that many children could not read, write or perform basic arithmetic. India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, yet it accounts for a third of the world’s illiteracy.
"Our work is driven by our volunteers and we urge all those Bangaloreans interested in joining hands with us to apply at our website www.teachforchange.in”
Lakshmi Manchu said, “We have come together to help teach these children. Our aim is to educate as well as help them develop confidence through Teach For Change. We are constantly taking from this world and the important thing is to give back in some way.” Teach For Change has already submitted an application with the Education Department.