From March 17-18 Teach For All participated as a Content Partner at the 2018 Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, an annual event that convenes leaders from the public, private, and social sectors to address the challenges of global education, equity, and employment for all. While Teach For All has participated in GESF in the past, our partnership in 2018 signified a deeper collaboration with the event, where representatives of several network partners and Teach For All’s global organization contributed to discussions around some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in education around the world. Throughout the two-day event, more than a dozen members of the global network—including CEOs, partner and global organization staff, and network alumni—took part in sessions as speakers or panelists, while others participated in meetings and related activities.
On Saturday, Teach For All hosted “Teacherpreneurs: From Classroom Teachers to Innovators at Scale,” a panel in which network alumni from around the world who began their careers as classroom teachers discussed how the insights they gained from teaching in under-resourced communities and recognizing the immense potential of their students—despite the obstacles they faced—led them to develop and launch innovative social enterprises designed to tackle the challenges they saw firsthand in their classrooms. Teach For All’s CEO Wendy Kopp moderated the panel of network “teacherpreneurs" (pictured above), which included Teach For Malaysia alumna Alina Amir, Co-founder of STEM initiative Arus; Teach For India alumnus Tarun Cherukuri, Founder of Indus Action; Enseña Chile alumnus Tomás Despouy, Founder of the student leadership network Panal; Teach For America alumna Maimuna Ahmad, CEO of Teach For Bangladesh; and Teach First (UK) alumnus Matt Hood, Founder of the teacher development program, Institute for Teaching.