From March 12-13, members of the Teach For All network took part in the 2016 Global Education Skills Forum (GESF) held in Dubai. Hosted by the Varkey Foundation, GESF is an annual event gathering leaders from across the globe in the public, private, and social sectors to discuss the most prevalent challenges facing education.
This year, the network's newest partner, Teach For Ghana, was selected as a recipient of the Varkey Foundation Challenge Fund grant, announced at the Forum. The $50,000 grant supports early stage education projects that have the potential to achieve significant sustainable impact.
"We at Teach For Ghana are very grateful to the Varkey Foundation for awarding us the Challenge Fund grant,” said Daniel Dotse, CEO and co-founder of Teach For Ghana, upon receiving the award. “This grant will enable us to train and develop Ghana's most promising future leaders to channel their energy into ensuring that every child across Ghana has access to an excellent education.”
Teach For Ghana joined Teach For All in December 2015 and officially launched its program in January, 2016. The Varkey Foundation's recognition of the organization’s vision for education equity and potential to effect significant change in Ghana is an exciting early milestone in what promises to be an extraordinary journey.
The Varkey Foundation also launched three new alliances at the 2016 GESF—the Alliance on Teachers, the Alliance on Girls’ Education and the Alliance on Innovation. As a member of the Alliance on Teachers, Teach First CEO and Teach For All co-founder, Brett Wigdortz, was present at the inaugural meeting, and Teach For All board member, Fernando Reimers is the Alliance's chairman. As part of the Alliance on Girls’ Education, the network participated in an induction ceremony at the event, represented by Senior Director for Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Miguel Rato.
The three alliance focus areas were chosen for their significance to improving education. Each alliance brings together 10-15 experts from the realms of business, academia, and government and will hold a series of meetings over the next year to produce actionable recommendations related to each area.
“Globally 16 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never get the chance to set foot in classroom compared to about 8 million boys," said Kennedy Odede, chairman of the Alliance on Girls’ Education and member of Teach For All's Global Advisory Council. "There is a disconnect between global efforts to raise awareness about the issue and the communities on the ground who are fighting on all fronts to get girls in school and learning. The next time you see me, this Alliance will identify two innovative approaches to bridge the gap—the first will show how global messages and campaigns can be rolled out to have a real impact locally while the second will show how local initiatives can be scaled to regional levels and beyond.”
We look forward to working with Kennedy and the Alliance toward these ambitious and urgent goals, and we congratulate Daniel and Teach For Ghana on receiving their award!