In September, dozens of Deutsche Post DHL volunteers in Lima, Peru teamed up with EnseñaPeru teaching participants and more than 200 of their students for three days of repairing and beautifying schools and organizing student workshops. That same week in India, more than 100 volunteers visited 10 Teach For India schools across the country to host art competitions, paint classrooms, and interact with hundreds of students.
This month saw the launch of the Teach For All-Oak Foundation Learning Differences Fellowship, an intitiative designed to ensure that all educators across the network have the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to hold all students to high expectations and support them in reaching their full potential.
In the long-term, the Teach For All network has the potential to shape approaches to increasing excellence and equity across international education systems. Through pioneering leadership, collective impact, and influencing system change, we can be a core part of the growing global movement for change. In the short-term, one of the fastest ways to catalyze that change is through engaging our network—and especially our alumni—with the most promising, exciting, and innovative ideas in expanding opportunity for children.
We're pleased to announce that Teach For All will partner with Qatar Petroleum International Ltd (QPI) to strengthen its global network of independent social enterprises that are addressing educational inequality worldwide in more than 30 countries. As part of the partnership, QPI will award Teach For All a $500,000 grant. This support from QPI will enable Teach For All to further its mission to expand educational opportunity around the world.
Inside and outside of the classroom, alumni across the network continue to take on the challenges to educational equity and excellence in their nations and around the world. Grounded in their experiences teaching in high-need schools and under-resourced communities, they are leading innovations to expand opportunity for growing numbers of children and families.
KIPP co-founder and Teach For America alumnus Mike Feinberg recently wrote in the Huffington Post about the fundamental elements common to successful schools around the world. The post is based on his experiences visiting schools and talking with parents in countries as diverse as Mexico, South Africa, and Israel through KIPP's One World Network of Schools initiative.
Teach For India recently debuted an arresting new campaign designed to raise awareness of educational inequity in India and expand the program’s reach. Using a spare yet powerful narrative and compelling black and white images, A Story of Truth and Hope tells the Teach For India story in a way that's simple, beautiful, and easily shared.
“I find this an extremely exciting and amazing opportunity, because in one place for the first time is a conclave where people from various backgrounds in terms of education have come together and have begun to realize the importance of how a simple idea can spark change.”