Launched in the year 2008, ‘Teach India’ has grown into a national movement, reaching out to lakhs of volunteers and hundreds of NGOs. And ‘Teach India’ centers have sprouted everywhere on our country map. But the impact was hard to measure and track. The Times Group took a pause to re-think and re-prioritize. The guideline was clear – Bring a change that will empower the beneficiary in true sense -‘they should be able speak in english’. Life altering changes in students is what drives the teachers to fully emphasize on employability of these students. Spoken English is a skill laid out by the Indian government. The confidence to converse in English is fast becoming integral to have, especially while hunting for jobs. Skill development among the youth of India in spoken English enhances their employability.
The youth population has the potential to greatly contribute to the growth of a nation’s economy. India has a population of 521 million youth between the age of 12 and 35, the largest in the world and our country is banking upon this very group to break into the league of the developed nations of the world. But the contribution by the youth to India’s progress might be limited since a large number of those are still unskilled. Now that English has become the preferred language of conversation for jobs in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, BPO and other sun-shine sectors – the ability to converse in English not only builds confidence in an individual but also improves one’s chances of finding employment. Thus Teach India focuses on teaching spoken English to the youth in the age group of 18-32 and through this program increases their employability standards.
The Times Group launched ‘Teach India’ as an initiative to teach ‘Spoken English’ to the youth belonging to the underprivileged sections of the urban society. British council has been brought on board for designing the curriculum and for training the volunteers as well as the teachers who will be imparting the curriculum to the learners. The curriculum for the course has been designed keeping in mind the present English language speaking levels of the target segment and the spoken English requirements of the potential employers. The Times Group pro-actively attempts to build a bridge between the learners and the potential employers and aims connect the two. On completion of the course, the learners get a certificate which is jointly certified by both The Times Group and British Council.
I have been teaching spoken English at the private ‘Let’s Talk English’ Hiranandani Meadows franchised center in Thane, whenever I am available and there is a requirement or an on-going batch – at very nominal charges or fees. Now, I am considering teaching spoken English at a NGO in Thane, free of cost. Let us resolve to spare two hours from our busy schedule every alternate day of the week to build our country and take pride in doing the same. Now, ask yourself, ‘what can you do for your country ?’ 🙂