On April 13, just a week after many in the Teach For All community gathered in Santiago, Chile for the Global System Change Conference, a large fire spread across the nearby city of Valparaiso, where Enseña Chile teachers work in five schools. The fire killed at least 15 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced over 12,000 residents of Valparaiso—including the families of more than 100 Enseña Chile students.
— Masai Greeting
Walking into the 2015 Global Education Countdown Summit on April 10 in Washington, DC, it was easy to identify the most important people in the room. They were the ones followed closely by bodyguards with earpieces, with SUVs waiting at the ready outside.
From April 3rd-5th 2014, members of the Teach For All network gathered in Chile to discuss the topic of System Change and celebrate Enseña Chile's 5 year anniversary. This event advanced thinking across the network around what needs to be done to accelerate alumni impact and system change. This event exposed and engaged attendees in some of the most relevant issues in four primary areas, including:
How do you inspire deep self belief in students who have spent years believing that they have limited potential? How do you build the courage to dream in students deprived of opportunity? How do you develop the independence and leadership in students that’s necessary for them to take ownership of their dreams and make them a reality?
“How do you create a culture that allows great teaching to happen? Great culture comes from great leaders.” – Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder, KIPP
In September, Teach For All partners around the world participated in Deutsche Post DHL’s Global Volunteer Day. Established in 2008, Global Volunteer Day is a Deutsche Post DHL initiative for its employees around the world to engage personally with their corporate responsibility slogan "living responsibly" and volunteer with local organizations.