Seven projects led by alumni from across the network were selected for an eight-week Teach For All/Co.Creator accelerator program for entrepreneurs launching or operating social enterprises. The alumni and their organizations were chosen for their innovative approaches to expanding educational opportunity in their countries.
The following story was originally published on The Huffington Post's Impact X blog, in partnership with Cisco:
Inside and outside of the classroom, alumni across the network continue to take on the challenges to educational equity and excellence in their nations and around the world. Grounded in their experiences teaching in high-need schools and under-resourced communities, they are leading innovations to expand opportunity for growing numbers of children and families.
When Andrew Shirman was a Fellow in a Teach For China classroom in the mountains of rural Yunnan province, he noticed that some of the lowest performing students were squinting to see the board. Realizing this was a problem he could solve, he worked with other Teach For China Fellows to launch the first phase of Education in Sight, an organization with a mission to improve the academic performance of low-income students with poor vision by providing low-cost glasses and eye care education.