In an effort to seek appropriate educational services for her daughter, Mrs. Srabani Banerjee founded TAGORE FOUNDATION SCHOOL KOLKATA (TFSK) in 2008.
Tagore Foundation School exists to strengthen public school education that is respectful of and responsive to the many cultures, languages and diverse learning styles of TFSK children and youth. We provide expanded opportunities for all students to access knowledge and achieve high standards according to their ability so that all students can realize the great promise of India. Our goals are to:
- Hold high expectations for student success as we assist all students in learning and performing their best
- Make sure each and every student feels welcome and is learning within an environment of mutual respect
- Collaborate with families and other community members in building inclusive schools and communities.
Through its initiatives, TFSK brings much-needed resources, training, support and appreciation to teachers who believe every student can succeed.
In TFSK more than 10 percent of students receive special education services, nearly 20 percent have limited English language proficiency and more than 50 percent qualify for free or reduced-fee meals, an indicator of economic disadvantage.
Tighter accountability measures are asking schools to make a difference with students that have traditionally been left behind. To meet this challenge, schools must be placed where all students can succeed.
If we do not attend to this great need now, a generation of students will come of age without the technical, social and intellectual skills they need to work across differences, find common ground, and compete effectively in world markets. The need for inclusive schools is far beyond giving children a fair shake in a world that we know; it is critical in preparing them to face tomorrows we can only imagine.