MCGM Pehlay Akshar Teacher Development Program

MCGM – Pehlay Akshar Teacher Development Program

In a dynamic and competitive world, education must evolve to empower the emerging generations. Recognising this need, the MCGM education department is enhancing infrastructure, upgrading technology and promoting English education in schools.

The ASER (2018- 2019) report indicated that MCGM students need to strengthen their competency in English significantly. With proven capabilities of over 11 years in improving English learning outcomes of students in the school, the Pehlay Akshar Foundation and MCGM have come together with a unified purpose, and a multi-level program of collaboration.

The goal of the program is to train and build capacity of all primary and upper primary MCGM teachers by 2023, to improve their English language teaching skills and thus improve English learning outcomes in children

Program Highlights:

  • The program will unfold in 4 phases.
  • STAR teachers will be selected with inputs from MCGM and school principals.
  • STAR teachers are motivated, willing to learn having strong English skills and will be groomed into master trainers. Further, they will start coaching other MCGM teachers on the Pehlay Akshar ideology, ensuring the long-term, sustainable impact of the program.
  • Pehlay Akshar Foundation will apply the approach and techniques distilled over 11 years from our Pehlay Akshar Schooling and Training methodology, to train the MCGM teachers.
  • The program will offer continuous support and learning through our unique “Saathi Sessions”, a customised Tool Kit and a Mobile app where the teachers access to exclusive content and online support groups.
  • The program will be monitored and evaluated closely by MCGM and Pehlay Akshar. Measurable outcomes will be evaluated by Sattva. There will be an impact assessment report by the end of the program.

Phases of the Pehlay Akshar-MCGM Training Program

  • Phase 1: 2019 - April 2020: Capacity Building
    • Selection of STAR teachers from 12 MCGM wards
    • Training and capacity building of selected STAR teachers to become Master Trainers
  • Phase 2: June 2020 – April 2021: Implementation and Capacity Building
    • All primary and upper primary teachers of the 12 selected wards undergo training by Pehlay Akshar Trainers.
    • Trained STAR teachers conduct “Saathi Sessions”
    • Selection, training and capacity building of STAR teachers from the remaining 12 wards
  • Phase 3: June 2021 – April 2022 Implementation and Revision
    • All primary and upper primary teachers of the 12 remaining wards undergo training by Pehlay Akshar Trainers
    • Trained STAR teachers conduct “Saathi Sessions”
  • Phase 4: June 2022 - April 2023 Monitoring and Assessment
    • Refresher training for teachers who have been through the program
    • Integrated Digital learning for teachers
    • Saathi Sessions continue to meet without any handholding, therefore creating long-term, sustainable impact.


The MCGM Pehlay Akshar Teacher Development Program was inaugurated by Smt Kishori Pednekar ( Mayor) on 25th November 2019, at Damodar Natya Gruh, Parel Mumbai. During the inauguration, she emphasised the importance of knowing English and one’s mother tongue. The program was attended by Shri Praveen Pardeshi (Municipal Commissioner), Shri Suhas Wadkar(Deputy Mayor, Shri Mahesh Palkhar (education officer) and Ms Radha Goenka (Founder Pehlay Akshar and Director RPG Foundation).

Shri Praveen Pardeshi said that many of the BMC students are first-generation learners and some BMC teachers are from vernacular medium. Hence training such conducted by Pehlay Akshar are important as it can help to improve the teachers English and also how they teach English. This will finally lead to better English outcomes for the students. Ms Radha Goenka emphasised on the importance of functional English and how the program will be delivered. The program was attended by the first batch of 307 STAR Teachers from 12 MCGM wards.



Partner Schools


Locations (MCGM Wards)


Teachers Trained


Students Impacted

*Impact as on 15.01.2020