Wendy Kopp and Teach For All Recognized for Commitment to Spreading Knowledge

Wendy Kopp receiving the award from His Highness Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (© Government of Dubai Media Office – All Rights Reserved)
On Tuesday, Teach For All CEO and Co-founder Wendy Kopp was among three recipients of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation's 2017 Knowledge Award. The award recognizes Wendy’s contributions, as the founder of Teach For America and Teach For All, to creating and spreading knowledge in innovative ways. 

In accepting the award, Wendy highlighted that one of the key lessons she’s learned from being part of Teach For All’s global network is that to truly tackle educational inequity will require many more people developing solutions across sectors and at all levels. “It doesn’t start in classrooms or schools, but far before children arrive at school,” she explained. “To solve this problem will require developing collective leadership—leadership across the whole ecosystem around our children who are working together to effect the comprehensive changes we need to see.”

Presented during the Knowledge Summit in Dubai, the award was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage those working in knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around the world. Previous Knowledge Award winners include Melinda Gates, Hiroshi Ishiguro, and Tim Berners Lee.

We're grateful for this recognition from the Knowledge Foundation and hope this award will help raise awareness of the Teach For All network’s work in disseminating knowledge of successful ideas and practices across borders to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential.  

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