Gaurav Singh

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Gaurav Singh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Gaurav’s school is the first of a chain of “belief centers,” in which his model shows how with the same funding allocated by the public school system for a child’s education, it is possible for low-income students to get high quality education. Gaurav’s education model builds a framework to operationalize such a belief system by innovating on classroom systems, ensuring attentive student behavior, a curriculum focused on learning concepts rather than skills, inclusive pedagogy that ensures children with different abilities learn together, and continual assessment and evolution of teaching techniques, rather than assessments of students’ abilities.

Monthly meetings with parents to discuss the model and demonstrate the success of the students, ensures the parents’ belief in their children’s ability to learn. Through intensive teacher training, and peer learning among teachers, Gaurav is building a cadre of high caliber teachers with high student expectations. Building on this network of belief centers, Gaurav will advocate for national standards for child-level expectations.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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