TEACH was started in the year 2016 with the vision to “build an equitable ecosystem for students with speech & hearing impairment.”
The trigger for what we see today was a chance encounter by Aman Sharma, Founder in 2014, when he was did some volunteer work with a class with speech and hearing-impaired students. While on one hand he was impressed with the students’ motivation, eagerness to learn and aspire for higher things, he also noticed that the quality of the education imparted was lacking in connecting and being relevant for the class. “It was in fact very boring!” he recalls. Inspite of that, what struck him was that these students had such a thirst for learning that it got him thinking. “If we could just provide them with a continuity of education and really meet their learning and aptitude needs better, magic could happen” he thought. Aman started trying out various videos & presentations but was not able to create the impact what he wanted. In fact, he also started learning sign language from the internet. He also recounts a defining encounter with a 14 year old, boy who was studying in the 4th standard and the heart-rending inferiority complex that had developed in this student. He wondered what would happen if the same boy was given a fighting chance. As Aman digging deeper and started doing more and more volunteering in this space he found that students clearing their 10th and 12th exams had very limited opportunities which was a compounded problem.
All of this galvanized him in to action in the belief that if he wanted to make a difference it would need to start with himself. As he did more research, he was shocked that more than 1 Crore ( out of 140 cr) Indians have a speech and hearing disability.
The ecosystem around us doesn’t help. These students suffer
Delayed Medical Intervention – Parents & even medical staff are unaware on what is the right intervention needed.
Inadequacy in Schooling – Even in school, the most important subjects like English, Mathematics, Science or, Computers are at the most basic level or even absent which creates a barrier to future learning
Inaccessible opportunities in Higher Education – Limited aspiration for a college education or enhance their vocational skills due to perception of obstacles and unsupportive social ecosystem. In fact, less than 1% of colleges & universities are accessible to the hearing and speech impaired.
For a young country like India, it meant subjecting these talented young and energetic people to a life of unemployment, under-employment, dependency and stigma. It is no surprise that mental distress affects 85% of their population. The feeling of trapped in a vicious cycle means that they cannot contribute to their own independence or towards the nation’s progress… and leaves them feeling as second-class citizens at home and in society.
From 2016 starting with humble beginnings, TEACH has now evolved into a high quality Higher Educational Institute that operates with its own unique model. Unique because of Aman’s conviction it looks at more than just academic development. It focusses on Holistic Developmental Model that understands special student needs that go beyond a college degree to investing in making them truly independent, confident while giving them an chance to develop special skills and interests that they may have.
Occupying 5000 sq ft in a centrally located place in opposite Sion Hospital Mumbai, the impact outcomes are design on the 4 pillars of development
Knowledge (Higher Education) Enhancement,
Skill Enhancement (in contemporary subject like Technology and Digital skills ) and
Attitudes & Behavioural Growth
All Round Development
Today, with multiple facilities including state-of-the-art Computer Lab and a dedicated 21 strong staff of Teaching and Non-Teaching staff, 165+ students are currently enrolled on various flexible payment plans. Deserving students can also have a free enrollment facility. In a short time of 7 years, TEACH has touched the lives of more than 200+ students and their families. We are proud that our 100% of our employers are repeats as they see value in our students.
To execute its Skill enhancement strategy, in this financial year TEACH has started the School of Skills – a vocational centre dedicated to nurturing a 360-degree enhancement in students. In the first phase, it will focus on imparting in-demand skills to the students and assist them with job placements. Their future plans include expansion into newer geographies by replicating our Holistic Developmental Model.
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