This World Teachers’ Day, we’re looking ahead to this weekend, when over 80 educators from across the Teach For All network will share and explore innovative teaching methods and best classroom practices at the annual Qudwa Teachers Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Convened under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, 800 global education leaders and teachers will gather at the Forum to exchange insights about what ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’ means to educators.
The network teachers selected to attend the Forum include both alumni who are long-time classroom leaders and newer teachers from Teach For All’s “youngest” partners. Several representatives of the network will be facilitating sessions or participating in panel discussions.
“I have found the love of my life – education,” shared Noored Kooli (Estonia) alumna, Kaidi Menšikova. “From the first moments in the classroom, I found ways to connect with every child however stubborn and unmotivated they are in the beginning. I believe that only teachers can help other teachers and collaboration is the key for happy teachers and children all over the world.”
“I am particularly interested in knowledge exchange,” explained Teach For Ghana Fellow Elvis Gu. “I have gained a lot of teaching experience in the last two years in a basic education school in a deprived community. The opportunity to offer my perspective on how to effectively teach when confronted with “not-so-good” conditions for teaching and learning, as well as learn from the experiences of others, is what interests me greatly about this event.”
Rachel Brody, Teach For All’s Director of Learner Centered Practice, and Kyle Conley, the network’s Global Director of School Leadership, will also facilitate a number of discussions, including sessions on Professional Development and Innovation in Teaching Methods; Engaging Parents; Bullying and Violence; and Learning Differences.
Teach For All is among the Forum’s knowledge partners, alongside the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Varkey Foundation, and others. Speakers at the event include Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Cabinet Member and the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance; Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors at the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia; and Teach For All Board member Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate of Education and Skills.
We’re thrilled that so many Teach For All network educators will be gathering this week to share ideas and learn from colleagues around the world who are working to ensure more students receive the excellent, equitable education all children deserve. We look forward to learning from these classroom leaders in the months and years to come!