The journey allowed students to explore what it means to exist in our world, with it’s challenges, opportunities, realities and mysteries — and what it means to change it.
Two years ago 60 students from low income families in Pune, India started on a journey tasked with the mission of ‘finding their light’, exploring their full potential, and showing the world what they could achieve given the right opportunities.
For two years the students dedicated their evenings to an integrated curriculum of deep reflection, debate, performance arts and academics. Every class was designed in a way that provided space for students to deeply connect to what they were learning and with each other.
This curriculum took students on a journey of personal and collective exploration of who they are, who they want to be, and what it means to share who they are with the world around them. Students explored what it means to exist with others, how the relationships they build with each other can reveal, reflect, magnify and sustain each individuals’ unique potential and how collectively they can shine brighter. The journey also allowed students to explore what it means to exist in our world, with it’s challenges, opportunities, realities and mysteries — and what it means to change it.
The result is a spectacular musical production called Maya and a game changing exploration of what an excellent education can look like when you integrate values and mindsets, exposure and access to the arts, and rigorous academics.
The Maya project was created by Teach For India, a non-profit working to end education inequity in India.
This film was created by Faolan Jones for Teach For All.