At the World Education Forum (WEF) in Incheon, Korea last week, Teach For All joined education ministers from over 100 countries and other global education leaders in evaluating the world’s progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal on Education and establishing a path forward to ensuring an equitable, quality education for all children.
As global education intervention strategies and discussions have expanded from achieving universal access to emphasizing the urgent need to focus on education quality, we were thrilled to have been invited to participate in a panel focused on teacher quality, training, and development. Teach For Bangladesh CEO Maimuna Ahmad represented the network on the panel, entitled, “Teachers for the Future We Want: Placing Teachers at the Centre of Education Reform and Lifelong Learning.” Ahmad highlighted Teach For All partners’ approach to attracting diverse, promising graduates and professionals into teaching and education leadership, and engaged in dialogue on topics including effective teacher policy reform and ensuring teacher engagement in policy discussions.
“By enabling organizations like ours in every country to innovate, we will be able to find creative alternate pathways for bringing talent into teaching and engaging them in long-term leadership,” Ahmad remarked. “Working collaboratively with government, unions, and organizations in the Teach For All network, as well as similar organizations around the world, we will be able to develop more proof points about what works to help elevate the profession of teaching as a whole.”
The panel of policymakers, educators, researchers, and representatives of education organizations contributed to the development of recommendations that highlight the importance of a focus on teachers in effective education policy reform. Generated collaboratively by the panelists, these recommendations were included in the WEF Declaration on the future of global education and will be implemented in the Education 2030 Framework for Action, a “roadmap” for global education over the next 15 years.
The direction and substance of discussion at WEF, and the ensuing commitment to ensure quality education, reaffirms our network’s approach to expanding educational opportunity through the development of leadership within and beyond the classroom. Teach For All’s participation in this pivotal event and its outcomes reinforces our dedication to pursuing innovative solutions that further our progress toward an equitable, high-quality education for all students.