Shikshaantar, which literally means creating a difference to education, is the Foundation's second flagship initiative encompassing its work with teachers and the education system. With a vision of creating happier classrooms, the Shikshaantar programme empowers the teacher and enhances the system.
The most important component of the Shikshaantar programme is capacity building and training of teachers, principals, school inspectors, education officers, leaders and management officials. Through the In-service Teacher Education Institute (ITEI), the Foundation is building capacities of 1500+ teachers, 400+ heads of schools, and 70+ education functionaries in the primary schooling system of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). The Foundation is also training over 150 master trainers, who will further train teachers and other professionals engaged in the education process.
The Foundation is also enhancing English language capacities of 250+ teachers in the Corporation of Chennai system of municipal schooling, particularly on subject matter and pedagogy, building a sustainable and cost-effective network for English language teacher development.
Similar programmes are being run with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) at other locations.
The Foundation also runs a toll-free helpline for answering questions on teaching and learning, at the ITEI in New Delhi.
Another aspect of Shikshaantar is felicitating outstanding teachers of municipal schools of Delhi through the Foundation's flagship Shikshak Samman Award programme. The seven year old programme has been working with the Municipal Corporations of Delhi to identify, reward and develop some of the best teachers from the primary schooling system of New Delhi.
The Shikshak Samman Award programme has been awarded the Silver Award for Best CSR Practices in Education, by CSR Times.