From March 23-24, representatives from across the Teach For All network participated in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai. For the second year, Teach For All was a content partner of the annual forum that brings together more than 2,000 leaders from the public, private, and social sectors, and educators from over 140 countries, to discuss challenges and innovations in education. In line with the theme “Who is changing the world?” the event featured speakers and attendees who are innovating within and beyond the education sector to achieve education equity and employment for all. Teach For All hosted four sessions highlighting the network’s approach to developing collective leadership to ensure all children can fulfill their potential.
Facilitated by Teach For All’s Head of Africa Region, Vongai Nyahunzvi, the panel A world with regional education equity: The next generation of change-makers in Africa featured representatives of the network’s partner organizations in Africa. The panel included former Minister of Education in Zimbabwe and former Chairman of the Association for Education Development in Africa (ADEA), Dzingai Mutumbuka; CEO of Teach For Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle; and Director of Development at the African Leadership Academy, Tinacho Chitongo. Also on the panel were two current teachers in the region, Teach For Nigeria Fellow Bosede Ogidan and Teach For Uganda Fellow Charles Obore, who chronicled his journey growing up as an internally displaced person to becoming the first in his family to go to college. Obore turned down prestigious job offers to join Teach For Uganda, he explained, because of the opportunity to work alongside, and learn from, communities, as well as his strong belief in their mission. “Africa can only change if we invest in new young African leaders to change education,” he said.