“Education is neither eastern or western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.” Malala Yousafzai.
Global Handprints believes that children all around the world should not only have access to education but that it should be an education in which the teaching competes at an international level. There is currently a great deal of information in the media about global citizenship, a curriculum to promote it and it’s importance in schools. There is an emphasis on making children aware of different cultures, countries and customs through the internet, pen pal links and Skype conversations. However, Global Handprints believes that in order for children to truly become global citizens, they first need to be global learners, being taught by teachers who share skills and experience with their international colleagues.
Our Teachers teaching Teachers (TtT) project aims to bridge the skills gap that currently occurs between schools in the western world and developing countries. The project exposes teachers to new ideas, techniques and approaches enabling them to then bring these into the classroom. By developing teaching standards and strategies to match up with those being used across the world, children will benefit from a higher standard of teaching making them more likely to be able to compete as global citizens with their international peers in the business and education world.
Volunteer Teachers spend time working alongside locally trained teachers in rural schools running workshops, observing lessons, modeling methods and strategies and sharing their skills. Both teachers are encouraged to identify their teaching strengths as well as areas that need developing. The TtT project enables volunteer teachers to undertake volunteer placements that make use of their specific experience and training, making a long lasting impact on what happens in the classroom.
Due to the concept of this project, in order to take part, volunteers must be either a fully qualified teacher or in the process of completing teacher training. These placements are open to trainee teachers who are required to undertake an alternative placement during their training and we are more than happy to work with you and your University to complete any necessary paperwork and assessments.