our approach 

We recruit and train top graduates and young professionals from all fields to a two-year Fellowship during which they teach in low-income schools that lack quality teachers. Fellows work in partnership with schools and communities to improve students’ learning outcomes and broaden their life opportunities.

 

After completing the Fellowship, our Alumni use their experiences to tackle Pakistan’s most pressing problems in education, such as rewriting textbooks and curricula, testing innovations, furthering research, training teachers and creating model schools.

Fellows act and learn in three connected domains

IN THE CLASSROOM

Fellows aim to broaden their students’ life opportunities: accelerating academic and emotional growth, building 21st century skills, exposing them to role-models, books and ideas

IN THE SCHOOL

Fellows understand and disrupt the culture of learning, supporting the development of other teachers and helping the management evolve approaches to learning, teacher oversight and parental involvement

IN THE COMMUNITY

Fellows engage with parents to understand the local barriers to education and design action projects to address these challenges

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A two-year program for exceptional young people to teach in challenging schools and develop the leadership skills to spark and grow a movement for education reform. Fellows receive a living stipend enabling them to commit to the program full-time.

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A 6-month recruitment drive to encourage top candidates to apply to the Fellowship

Applicants undergo a 3-stage selection process: App review, phone screens and day-long assessment centers

Selected Fellows are matched to a partner school

Fellows participate in a 6-week pre-placement training and ongoing-support

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Enduring partnerships with public, private and NGO schools in low-income communities

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Annual cohorts of exceptional graduates and young professionals to a two-year Fellowship teaching full time in partner schools

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Fellows into creative, capable teachers who strive to improve student learning, support schools, and work with communities to overcome local barriers to education

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Learnings as Fellows to carve a new life path as agents of justice, innovation and excellence in education

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Alumni who foster collective action to change policy and curriculum, mobilize resources and act as critical pressure points to facilitate systemic change in Pakistan

The Fellowship experience taught me how to take immense responsibility and fulfill it in a context of limited resources. It trained me to be innovative and get things done with sheer spirit. Also, with my interest in policy making, the two years were quite precious since they gave me an insight into how things operate at the very ground level, and how policies made at the higher level trickle down and unfold at the community, group, and ultimately at the individual level.

Syedah Aroob Iqbal, 2012 Cohort, World Bank (current)