How do we at Teach For All maintain our sense of possibility? By considering that just a few weeks ago, 400 members of our global community came together in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria for the 2016 Teach For All Global Conference.
The past year has been a big one at Teach For Bulgaria. We doubled in size, we launched a joint international policy project in alternative pathways to teaching together with four other Teach For All network partners and our respective education ministries, and our first alumni became school principals.
Over 400 members of the Teach For All community are coming together this week in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria for Teach For All's annual Global Conference.
From October 15-17, over 200 members of the Teach For All community from more than 40 countries came together in Auckland, New Zealand to learn together and immerse themselves in Aotearoa New Zealand’s educational landscape. Co-hosted by Teach For All and Teach First NZ, the conference brought together network CEOs, staff, alumni, supporters, and other stakeholders, as well as more than 100 members of the New Zealand education community, to explore the theme of “Hoea ngātahitia ki kō atu: Paddling together takes us further together.”
Since joining my first Teach For All Global Conference back in 2011 in India, I've always wanted to host one here in New Zealand—but truly never imagined it would be so soon and while leading a relatively young programme in the Teach For All network! That said, I am so proud to be reflecting now on what was a thrilling, challenging, and thought-provoking three days in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.