01 October 2021
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, a global network of local teachers, leaders and educators is helping students and their families, particularly those in the most marginalized communities, continue to learn.
With many students having no access to technology, the internet or basic learning resources, the prospect of home schooling is even more challenging.
That’s where Teach For All’s growing global network is making a difference.
As many schools across the world continue to be closed due to COVID-19, teachers in the global Teach For All network have been innovating alongside students, parents and others, to ensure kids, especially those in marginalized communities, don't stop learning.
By sharing ideas and innovations across borders, teachers and educators are adapting promising ideas for use in their own countries.
Like the teacher in Nigeria who has reached millions of students via a program of lessons delivered online and through television.
Or in Pakistan, where a teacher created a learning program that was delivered via SMS, WhatsApp and physical learning packages. The teacher also mobilized a network of neighbours, shopkeepers and community leaders to support students by lending phones or serving as a central ‘pick up’ location.
At a global level, more than 1,000 teachers have also leveraged Teach For All’s WhatsApp groups to self-organize into the Teaching Without Internet Alliance, sharing stories, strategies and resources.
While the Teach For All network have been creating the space and platforms needed to foster the sharing of ideas and strategies over the past decade, since 2018, in partnership with the BHP Foundation, they’ve also been building the capacity of community leaders to enhance local educational opportunities.
To help teachers and the broader education community better understand how collective leadership is leading to community impact, Teach For All’s Community Impact Lab is working with over 50 communities, from Haiti to Armenia, Nigeria, Peru and the United States.
Their first ever Virtual Global Conference also brought together 2,300 leaders from 60 countries to share experiences and practices about growing collective leadership for change.
They’re also developing the Teaching as Collective Leadership framework, a new model of classroom excellence that realizes students’ potential as leaders of a better future.
Once completed this year, a host of learning experiences, resources, and tools will be developed to enable partners to adapt the framework and leverage it in the development of their teachers.
This will build an even more effective movement of collective leaders in the communities where they work.
Read more about BHP Foundation’s global commitment to education equity.