Teach For All Press
October 14, 2017
by James Langton, The National
Teach For Lebanon is part of a worldwide partnership of 46 member organisations, ranging from Afghanistan and Australia to Sweden and Vietnam. The newest member is Uganda. The Teach for All movement this month celebrates its 10th anniversary. First developed in the United States and then Britain, each organisation operates independently. Every member is locally led and funded, often through social entrepreneurs, recruiting what it identifies as future leaders to first spend two years teaching in schools and areas that need them most. Standards are high, and typically only one in four applicants is accepted.
September 13, 2017
by Wendy Kopp & Dzingai Mutumbuka, Project Syndicate
This month, heads of state and senior officials from all 193 United Nations member states are gathering in New York City to try to make progress on some of the world’s thorniest development challenges – including ensuring quality education for all. Progress on this front is not just a moral imperative; it is also vital to put countries on the path toward sustainable development. But success will not be easy. It will require significant new investments in local leadership – an element of international development work that has rarely gotten the attention it deserves.
August 14, 2017
by Wendy Kopp, Devex
To complement effective approaches for delivering aid, the EU should consider elevating a strategy centered on developing local leadership capacity in communities grappling with complex, entrenched challenges. To be clear, the term leadership as we use it here doesn’t necessarily mean an individual positioned at the top of the hierarchy in government or business. Leadership is defined by actions that are oriented towards improving the well-being of the community, and it can come from anyone.
July 17, 2017
by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Financial Times
Instead of haggling back and forth within the system that has created the problem, participants must be able to imagine, then work collectively to bring about a better system, with leadership shared across many different individuals and organisations. If this all sounds a little New Age, consider its impact on Teach for America and its sister organisation Teach for All, which now operates in 40 countries. Founder Wendy Kopp, now CEO of Teach for All, argues that the best way to improve global education is “an intentional effort to develop a diverse set of leaders”. Instead of training teachers, the goal is to build leaders who enter education through teaching but come to appreciate all the different factors that affect outcomes and intervene where they can.
July 05, 2017
by Samantha Williams, Project Syndicate
This is why, when G20 leaders discuss new economic development strategies for Africa, they should focus on investment in education. But, more important, they should seek to ensure that resources make it to those who rely on local leadership and innovation. Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to ensure equitable and inclusive education for all by 2030 – is attainable, but only if solutions come from the ground up, which means from the Africans most committed to them.