In 2018, Bhumi launched the School Transformation and Socio-Emotional Learning Programmes. These were facilitator-driven models with the intent of building reflection in teachers and school leaders and providing insights into pedagogical practices. The idea for the Bhumi Fellowship and whole-school transformation emerged with the realisation that it was essential to look beyond the classroom and work with other stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions.
Our mission is to instill a deep understanding of the education system in our Fellows so they can become leaders in the movement to create educational equity. In 2020, the Bhumi Fellowship welcomed its first cohort of five Fellows. Today, we have 16 Fellows working across corporation, government-aided, and low-income private schools across Chennai.
Achieving equitable education for all children through systemic change
To create a cadre of changemakers who transform schools in the short term and lead the next education movement in the long term.
Education is a fundamental right and all children are entitled to an excellent education. With the introduction of the Right to Education Act in 2009, India has achieved a Gross Enrolment Ratio of 99% at primary level. However, the quality of education still remains a challenge.
According to the Annual Status of Education Report (2018):
Only 44% of Grade V children could read a Grade II Level text
22.7% of Grade V children could do division
At present, we have 96.96 lakh teachers across all levels for 26.44 crore children. We require efficient systems that enable HMs and invest parents to create an enabling learning environment for children. The Bhumi Fellowship aims to improve the quality of education by working with all the stakeholders in a school ecosystem through our whole-school transformation approach. We also envision our alumni becoming changemakers who lead the movement to transform the education system.
The Fellowship takes a whole-school transformation approach towards the short-term mission of transforming school. The key pillars of this approach are
Fellows are placed in a classroom between Grade 2-5 where they teach foundational literacy (English) and numeracy (Mathematics) to children.
Our Fellows actively work with the HELO Team to create spaces for the wellbeing and the personal/ professional development of teachers.
The Fellows support the HMs with their vision for the school and co-create interventions to achieve the same.
A key component of the Fellowship is to build investment in the parents and collaborate with them to achieve student outcomes. Our Fellows do this through community visits, parent engagement spaces, and parent-teacher/school management committee meetings.
We work closely with the HM and other internal teams of Bhumi to improve the existing infrastructure and also provide access to computer labs, libraries, and play areas.