Teach For Pakistan

Teach For Pakistan

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Teach For Pakistan offers a two year paid Fellowship for outstanding college graduates and young professionals to teach full-time in an under-resourced school.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Too many of Pakistan’s children are denied access to educational opportunities that would enable them to improve their life prospects. Where a child is born determines whether he or she will attend school and whether that educational experience will have any value in later life. With limited access to schools and poor quality of schooling, our children are locked in a cycle of educational inequity and socio-economic immobility. As citizens of this nation, we can no longer stand by and watch this crisis unfold.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We believe that in order to achieve equal educational opportunity for all, we must mobilize future leaders to work towards this vision from all fields and all sectors across Pakistan. We recruit recent graduates and young professionals to teach full-time for two years in under-resourced schools. As Teach For Pakistan Fellows, teachers go beyond traditional expectations to help students overcome the challenges they face and perform at their full potential. Inspired by their experiences and their students’ achievement, Fellows gain the conviction that educational inequity is a problem that they CAN and MUST solve. As Alumni, they go on to address the root causes of this injustice, working within education and in key fields including policy, advocacy, business, and social development, with a lifelong commitment to systemic reform.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Teach For Pakistan strives to achieve its goals by: - Recruiting and Selecting outstanding university graduates and young professionals of all academic disciplines and career interests who demonstrate the core competencies to positively impact student achievement as Fellows, and can become lifelong leaders working to effect systemic change. - Training and Supporting Fellows to be excellent teachers in the classroom, leading their students to achieve significant academic and non-academic gains that allow them to compete for better opportunities in higher education and later life. Prior to starting their teaching term, Fellows attend a rigorous 6 week training institute designed to build the foundational knowledge, skills and mindsets they need to become highly effective teachers in challenging circumstances. Institute is followed by regular classroom observations and feedback sessions, as well as needs-based workshops to strengthen Fellows’ teaching ability. - Placing Fellows in full-time, paid teaching positions for two years in under-resourced government and private schools. - Building Partnerships with leading businesses and institutions to support our Fellows and Alumni, enabling them to accelerate and maximize their social impact - Enabling Alumni to address educational inequity by fostering the network between them, and creating clear and compelling paths to leadership within their chosen career fields of influence. - Measuring Impact being created by Fellows and Alumni, and evaluating outcomes to continuously improve our program

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Many organizations are working on improving mass education in Pakistan including school networks and teacher training institutes. We collaborate with these partners to share teacher development techniques and to identify teaching positions for Fellows. However, these institutions compete for quality human resource and funding. What distinguishes Teach For Pakistan is our commitment to change a child’s life path through a two-year intervention by an excellent teacher, and our long-term goal of developing a strong movement of leaders to tackle root causes of educational inequity.
About You
Teach For Pakistan
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Teach For Pakistan

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
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The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

A two year paid Fellowship for outstanding college graduates and young professionals to teach full time in an under-resourced school

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Creating a nationwide movement of the nation’s most promising young leaders working towards eliminating educational inequity in Pakistan

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Teach For Pakistan launched its pilot program in the province of Sindh, placing 20 Fellows in 8 Government and 2 NGO run schools in low-income areas of Karachi city in August 2011. These 20 Fellows are changing the lives of 1,200 students, their 7,200 family members, and impacting the teaching practices and attitudes of 90 other school teachers. The result of 7 months teaching shows a significant improvement in student mastery over learning outcomes in key subjects, with a 40% improvement in English, 28% improvement in Mathematics and 30% improvement in Science.

There has been a 40% improvement in student attendance in Fellows’ classes, and a 20% reduction in drop-out rate, as compared with baseline patterns.

Parental involvement in school and student affairs has also risen dramatically as Fellows seek to engage parents through one-on-one meetings, phone calls and home visits to discuss student performance.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Teach For Pakistan must expand rapidly in order to build a truly nationwide movement. By August 2015, our goal is to have 800 first and second year Fellows teaching in schools in 2 out of the 5 provinces of Pakistan. Targeted placement sites include Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and 4 districts in Interior Sindh.

Our 220 Alumni will be entering high-impact career paths that can influence how education is funded, managed and delivered.

The program will have directly impacted over 60,000 students, enabling them to achieve ambitious academic and life skills goals, and preparing them to compete for better higher education and career opportunities.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Since much of our work is directly with government schools, Teach For Pakistan relies on sustained political and bureaucratic commitment to education reform. We are working closely with provincial governments and departments of education in order to keep them invested in our vision and goals.

Moreover, the magnitude of the problem of poor quality is so huge that it is simply not enough to place increasingly large numbers of Fellows in schools each year – we must create a critical mass of highly committed Alumni whose Fellowship experience inspires them to address underlying factors contributing to educational inequity.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

By September 2012, we will have our second cohort of 60 new Fellows effectively teaching 3,600 students in schools in 2 cities

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Selecting high quality applicants to become Fellows through a rigorous selection process: online application and interview

Task 2

Identifying teaching positions for Fellows in high-need schools with the maximum potential for impact

Task 3

Building the foundational knowledge, skills and mindsets Fellows need to become highly effective teachers in challenging areas

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

By April 2013, our first cohort of 20 Alumni will be entering high-impact career paths and we'll be recruiting 140 new Fellows

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Provide strong in-service teaching support to Fellows to enable maximum impact on their students during the final year

Task 2

Prepare Fellows for their Alumni roles through career counseling, internship placements and community development projects

Task 3

Planning and executing an aggressive recruitment campaign to encourage top graduating students and young professionals to apply

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

In November 2009, Saeed Hadi (Founding Member) began exploring the possibility of adapting the Teach For All model to Pakistan on behalf of the Trustees of The Aman Foundation. The Trustees wanted to make a strategic intervention in education to contribute towards long-term reform in the country. In January 2010, Teach For All connected Saeed Hadi to Khadija S. Bakhtiar (CEO), then a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by Teach For America Alumni in her program, Khadija was writing her thesis on adapting the model to Pakistan. In March 2010, Amber Zuberi joined the team as Project Coordinator. United by a commitment to improve life chances of students in low-income communities, these three individuals came together to create Teach For Pakistan.

Tell us about your partnerships

Teach For Pakistan is a partner in the Teach For All global network of similar enterprises working to expand educational opportunity in 23 countries.

Teach For Pakistan is an initiative of The Aman Foundation, a not-for-profit trust making strategic interventions in areas of health and education in Pakistan.

We partner with provincial departments of education and non-profit organizations to place Fellows in schools, and with corporations that offer special benefits to Fellows and Alumni.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

Teach For Pakistan has the following key departments:
- Recruitment & Selection: Conducts recruitment campaigns across universities in Pakistan to identify the most capable and promising future leaders
- Training & Support: Provides intensive pre-service and in-service training to maximize Fellows’ impact on student achievement
- Monitoring & Evaluation: Measures impact and evaluates outcomes
Business Development: Raises funds to support expansion into various regions
- Alumni Impact: Works closely with Fellows and Alumni to shape and guide the nationwide movement of changemakers.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list