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The Apprentice Project

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The Apprentice Project gives students a chance to find and learn what they love.





Anand Gopakumar
  • Update!

    by Anand Gopakumar on April, 03 2017



    Fundraiser Update!

    Our fundraiser has reached 20% of our goal amount!

    Thank you all for your support! Thanks to all of you, we will be able to impact 1500 children from under-resourced schools in the 2017-18 academic year.

    The support of individuals like you makes it possible for our initiative to change what a school education can look like for our children.

    We still have a long way to go! Kindly help us out once more by sharing our message and fundraiser on WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook. We can do this!

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About the Fundraiser

The Apprentice Project (TAP) is an initiative started by Teach for India Fellows that gives underprivileged students the chance to find and learn what they love. We connect them to skilled individuals from diverse fields (sports, visual and performance arts and technical) in a classroom environment for a period of six months.

 The mentors provide their apprentices with a value based education in their field of choice, expanding their horizons, awakening their imagination and teaching them to believe in themselves.

 TAP aims to inspire a movement – a movement that defines inequality as nothing but the lack of opportunity. It is a movement that strives to overcome inequality by giving all children the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.



Children in low-income communities face the struggles of limited perspectives to envision their future, lack of motivation to push for a better tomorrow, and lack the skills to succeed in the current world. Hence they get stuck in the spiral of poverty.

The manifestation of this apocalyptic problem happens at four levels:

1. In School: No joy or purpose of coming to school leading to drop-outs or lack of learning. More than 32 children out of 100 who dropped out of school in the age-group of 10-14 years did so because they did not think that education was necessary.

2. After school: No vision about future leading to uninformed choice of path after school. Enrolment in class 10 is 77 percent, but enrolment in class 11 is only 52 per cent, according to a report from the New Delhi-based Institute for Policy Research Studies.

3. In college: Cultural divide aggravated by depleted social communication skills leading to a marginalized existence in college or possibly drop-outs. First generation college students from low-income communities straddle between the strikingly diverse cultures of their own environment and that of the college.

4. After college: Lack of critical & creative thinking and collaborative working skills leading to lack of employability or limited success at workplaces. 47% graduates in India are not employable for any industry role and only 22% of the employers desire domain expertise. This is based on the report titled ‘Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Report’ and India skills report 2017 .


We place highly skilled volunteers in under–resourced schools to enable the students to learn a skill under the four verticals of performance arts, visual arts, sports and cognitive skills in a classroom environment. There are two models of operation.

Model 1 – Exploration / Length Model [Time period – 1 year]

In this model students of the fifth grade try out skills from each vertical (visual arts, performance arts, sports, technical or cognitive skills) over a period of ten classes each in which they are encouraged to identify their own strengths, weaknesses and interests and align them with the vertical at hand. The focus of exploration is not on content skill acquisition but on exposure to each vertical and understanding own self.

Model 2 – Focus / Depth Model [Time period - 1 to 4 years]

In this model students in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade are given a choice to learn what they are interested in after an initial exploration period of 2 sessions. The students then acquire the skill over the rest of the year ending in a EOY performance on which they are judged on the basis of primary and secondary skill acquisition


 TAP has been running in 5 under-resourced schools in Pune since September 2016. We have 52 teachers impacting 800 students. Our teachers are experts from different fields leading a varied set of clubs – photography, electronics, public speaking, dance, theater, cricket and football are a few examples.

 In 2017-2018 academic year we will be providing equal opportunities to 1500 kids across 10 under resourced schools in Pune.


TAP started as a voluntary organization in 2016 by 4 Teach for India fellows and 52 other teachers. In the academic year 2017-2018, we need your help of to generate 5 lakh to provide resources to the 12 underprivileged schools that we are working with, Training cost of 100 teachers(volunteers) and to bear 1/2 of the administrative cost (Program manager, Mentors, etc) of the organization.

PFB the detailed split of the funds  

Training cost of 100 teachers = 1 lakh

Organizational/administrative cost = 2 lakh 50 thousand

Resource(art supplies, speakers, electronic equipment, etc) cost for 12 schools = 1 lakh 50 thousand


Contribute if you want to radically change what a school education can look like for these children in under-resourced schools, if you believe that poverty shouldn't dictate a child's destiny, if you believe in the transformational power of the arts and sports.

It is time for us to move beyond just complaining about the state of education in India and start effecting some real change.


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