In 2012, when Enseňa Chile participant Tomás Despouy traveled to Peru to attend a Teach For All conference, he had no idea that his experiences at there would spark a movement of participants, alumni, and students from across Latin America.
Across the global network, hundreds of alumni of Teach For All partners are leading change as social entrepreneurs by developing new solutions to the causes and symptoms of inequality. To support their alumni leaders in designing and launching sustainable and scalable initiatives, many network partners are increasing their own understanding of and capacity to foster successful social innovations.
In April, over 250 representatives of 11 Teach For All partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nearly 200 alumni, participated in a regional Encuentro (Gathering) in the shadow of the Andes mountains in Portillo, Chile.
Enseña Perú alumna Marcia Rivas’s experiences as a teacher led her to understand the barriers children with disabilities face in attaining an education that is designed to meet their needs and enable them to fulfill their potential. Trained as a lawyer, Marcia made the switch from the courtroom to the classroom in order to address the underlying causes of social injustice rather than its effects.
"For us what was really important is that this wasn't going to be something that Teach First's Social Innovation Unit was coming over to implement, but that this was about transferring the knowledge so that Ensena por Mexico can do it in their context and they can lead this in years to come." - Gina Cicerone, Senior Officer, Innovation Unit, Teach First (UK)
The final day of the 2016 Teach For All Global Conference began with the event’s annual “Network Breakthroughs” session, featuring innovations that were successfully pioneered by network partners this year.
TIME Magazine published a co-authored opinion piece by Teach For All CEO and Co-founder, Wendy Kopp, and Chair of the Global Partnership on Education, Julia Gillard, on the importance of developing local leadership in building and sustaining successful education systems.