Mumbai, January 29, 2019: Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, and Teach for Change, a non-profit organisation developing English language and leadership skills among under-privileged children, today jointly announced the national expansion of their literacy program to bring quality education to millions of school children (Grades 3-5) across primary government schools in India.
The ‘Teach for Change’ movement collaborates with State governments to improve the literacy rates and life skills of primary school children in municipal schools. It was co-founded by Lakshmi Manchu and Chaitanya MRSK in 2014, and aims to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 4: Quality Education).
The programme, already present in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Vijaywada and Vizag will now expand to Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Lucknow. Thousands of committed citizens across cities volunteer to teach children in their neighbourhood government schools. With this, the goal of the literacy programme is to positively impact 1,50,000 children across 1,000 schools in India.
The well-attended event was attended by prolific names such as Member of Rajya Sabha Smt. Jaya Bachchan, Member of Rajya Sabha Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, Member of Parliament Smt. Moon Moon Sen, Politician Smt. Geeta Reddy, Padmashri Awardee Mohan Babu, as well as member from the Indian film and fashion fraternity including Aditi Rao Hydari, Sunil Sethi, Tapsee Pannu, Rakul Preet Singh, Rhea Chakrobarty, Regina Cassandra, Sooraj Pancholi, Kubra Sait, amongst others.
Speaking about the nationwide launch, Co-Founder & CEO Chaitanya MRSK says, “I am thrilled to see what started as an individual effort in 2014 is now a nationwide movement with 3000 volunteers. We welcome individuals who have the passion for teaching and are keen on making a difference in the Indian education sector to join us. We are striving for quantifiable breakthroughs in the academic system.”
Co-Founder & Chairperson Lakshmi Manchu adds, “The Teach For Change literacy movement caters to a very inherent issue in our country – accessibility to proper education at a primary level. Here’s hoping our efforts spread far and wide.”