Empowering teachers with skills needed for classrooms of the future.
Teach A Class began with a simple idea – bringing innovative and impactful tools to the teachers that really needed them. We wanted teachers to stay motivated and use their enthusiasm to improve learning in schools everywhere.
Who are we?
Teach A Class is a young organisation started by four colleagues passionate about education and teaching. While working in the non-profit sector they realised that while there was a focus on building the capacity of teachers, no one was giving them the space to experiment or innovate in the classroom. Since teachers working in low-income or government schools rarely have the budgets or exposure to new innovations in education, they decided to create a platform that would do the research and raise the funds to help great teachers fullfil their potential.
Teach A Class was created to ensure that every motivated teacher, irrespective of their location or income level, has access to high-quality resources free or at a very low cost.
There are more than 9 million teachers in India today. Most of them work in low-income schools, earning only about INR 5,000 a month. In spite of this, many teachers still spend their own money on classroom resources to make learning fun and engaging for their students.
We believe motivated teachers can make an exponential difference to learning in the classroom and aim to create a space for teachers to unleash their creativity, enthusiasm and love of teaching.
Our Director, Neil D’Souza, started Teach A Class in 2012 while on a sabbatical in Mongolia. Previously a Senior Engineer at Cisco, Neil’s travels led him to realise that while high-quality educational content existed, there was nothing tailored to those in remote regions without access to technology or the internet. Most educational solutions were being built for schools that could afford the high costs involved and ignored those at the bottom of the pyramid.
Teach A Class, 2012 was very different. The focus then was on building tools to create better access to educational resources in remote regions. After some initial success, the organisation went into a period of inactivity as Neil decided to focus on other projects.
In 2017, Neil’s colleagues from Zaya Learning Labs decided to restart Teach A Class with a new mandate and focus on motivated teachers.
teachaclass.org , the online funding platform for teachers was launched in 2017, to raise funds directly for teachers that wanted tools for their classrooms. Since then, we’ve successfully funded more than 80 projects in 8 states, impacting around 5,000 children in one year alone.