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About the Collaborative

Origami is a collaboration of mission-aligned educators and supporters. It aims to ignite transformative conversations and foster meaningful connections among educators, philanthropists, government officials, teachers, and students. It promotes the sharing of insights, innovative strategies, and evidence-based practices that underpin the creation of robust teacher development initiatives. Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions, hands-on workshops, and interactive sessions curated to inspire, challenge, and drive change.

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Voices of the Origami Community

For Origami's Flagship Summit, non-profits, Government, and funding partners working in educator capacity building across India came together to deep-dive into a key question: "What does thriving mean in children's context, and how do teachers enable children to thrive in life and schools?". 


Understanding the context and challenges children face, including the impact of identities like gender and caste, is crucial for developing effective programs. By recognizing and addressing these factors, we can create tailored support structures that empower all children to thrive.



Different perspectives on 'thriving' emerged, but it was commonly agreed that organizations should build agency in children to define and seek it without barriers. Facilitators and educators empower children by instilling belief, encouraging positive self-perception, and providing necessary social support.



There is a consensus that 'thriving' is an inner state based on a strong sense of self and social support unique to each individual. To overcome adversity, children need a solid social-emotional foundation which is often lacking in their lives. Thriving is, therefore, not just a trait to be taught; it is a state of being that can be enabled through supportive systems for children at risk.



Creating transformative learning experiences in classrooms requires skilled, loving, and intuitive teachers. These terms intersect and define consistent actions and behaviors that educators should embody for high-quality learning. We, as organizations, play a crucial role in providing support structures for teachers to consistently exhibit these traits.


All teachers are naturally skilled, loving, and intuitive. They are filled with the potential to lead thriving classrooms. The community envisioned its role in influencing and building support structures for teachers to exercise these competencies and lead loving classrooms.


The champions, comprising organizations and teacher development professionals, can embody and exhibit skilled, loving, and intuitive qualities as they develop teachers' skills. The session envisioned the #Origami Community's role in influencing and constructing supportive structures for teachers, setting the stage for SEF's work over the next decade.

Neha, SEE Learning

"We had a very interesting discussion around skills, intuition, and love, and all of these things associated to the teacher and the classroom, and how we can make this more effective and thriving for the child. And in my opinion, just these three words in the same breath, really take me back to experiences that I've had as a child. And I think, how, how important and how wonderful. It would be for all of us as adults who work with children directly or indirectly, to even scratch the surface with all three words." 

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