This is an exciting time for education with primary education being the focus of one of the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals. As these goals are being assessed and coming to an end, the Post 2015 Development Agenda will be taking over meaning that world leaders will continue to focus on education; improving access and standards across the world as part of their ‘ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.’
As a qualified teacher who has worked in classrooms in the UK, Africa and India, Lottie has seen firsthand the huge differences in teaching methods and the impact these can have on the level of education that is achieved in classrooms. Coming from a teacher training background in the UK where we are lucky enough to have teaching standards, strategies and pedagogy continually assessed, reviewed and adapted, Lottie has benefited from a creative, hands on teaching approach. Her passion for this to be experienced in all classrooms drives this project and a partnership with the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal enables volunteer teachers to undertake placements in rural South African schools.
Global Handprints totally believes that there is a time and place for volunteer placements that do not require a certain skill or qualification (in fact our Volunteer Road Trips cater for just this market!) but we understand that many people want to put the qualifications and experience they have spent time gaining, to good use. Our TtT placements are different to those offered by other organisations. We run them alongside local schools and the Department of Education and have certain requirements for and expectations of our Volunteer Teachers who need to be fully qualified or on the process of qualifying. These placements are fun, hard work, rewarding and full of challenges! They are not for the faint hearted and are not to be considered as a ‘holiday’.
In addition to providing independent placements, we are more than happy and excited to work alongside schools and universities from around the world to develop professional development placements that meet needs for their specific teachers. If this is something you think your school or university may be interested in, please feel free to contact us if this interests you.