In 2019, World Teachers’s Day will celebrate teachers under the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.
The Federation Humana People to People will be commemorating the World Teachers Day on the 5th of October 2019. The day gives the global community the opportunity to recognise, appreciate, value and consider what needs to be done to support the role of teachers in education provision. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, World Teachers Day has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.
42,000 teachers trained since 1993
On World Teachers' Day, Humana People to People remembers, since 1993 when the first School of Teachers of the Future was created in Mozambique, more than 42,000 people have been trained through 53 centers in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea -Bissau, India, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The training that future teachers receive in the EPFs, which are accredited at the national level, allows them to apply everything they have learned in the field, becoming teachers and also in dynamizers with the capacity to mobilize their communities.
Zambia, a commitment that makes a difference
The Mkushi College of Education started its activity in 2012 promoted by our local partner DAPP Zambia, in cooperation with the Ministry of General Education. It began with 31 aspiring teachers, who graduated two years later; 26 of them began to practice in rural primary schools. The center teaches them both for their future teaching work and for them to become fundamental agents in the development of their communities. “When I graduate I want to practice in a rural school. If my destiny is an urban one, I will request the change because in the rural areas there are very few teachers and the students need our services more than in the urban ones, ”reveals Mercy Chisanga, a student in Mkushi, who adds:“ I want to help change the lives of these boys and girls".
Malawi, improving education in primary schools
Our local partner DAPP Malawi has implemented since 2003 a program that has trained 2,640 teachers in one of its four centers: Chilangoma, Blantyre, Amalika and Thy. To ensure continuous learning, seven years ago a network of graduate teachers was created who share knowledge and skills to improve the quality of education in primary schools. "My message to all teachers on World Teachers' Day is to keep working hard because the fruits that are obtained afterwards are very valuable," says Gelard Kalima, treasurer of an association that brings together parents, mothers and teachers at school Nasonjo primary.
Guinea-Bissau: teachers, but above all activists
In rural areas of Guinea-Bissau, only 57% of school-age children attend school and 60% of teachers do not receive continuous training, with the consequent impact on the quality of education. In addition, the ratio in primary school is 52 students per teacher. ADPP Guinea-Bissau created the Cacheu EPF in 2012 and, seven years later, has trained 165 teachers who have made themselves available to the Ministry of Education. Students and future teachers become activists in their respective communities: “I have given talks to promote gender equality and change the opinion of family heads, local rulers and the elderly. I have also fought for the little ones to receive free medicines, ”explains Patricio Pereira. His partner Gidro Bandeira states: “I conducted an investigation into the causes of school absenteeism of girls in different regions of the country. So I was able to implement a micro-project called Women Advocacy. In addition, I created a small association where I coordinate different awareness activities with children, youth and adults on the topics I learned at the university. ”
India, teachers are the key to quality education
The Humana People to People India teacher training program has graduated more than 10,000 in a decade, many of whom practice in public and private schools throughout India. The program, called the Necessary Teacher Training Program (NeTT), is operational in 15 government institutes in five states. Ajay Dodiya, one of the graduates, explains that the day he arrived at his classroom in the village of Amla, in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, he barely met six or seven children of the 41 enrolled (again, the absenteeism as one of the serious problems in rural schools). Thanks to Ajay's work, today everyone regularly attends class and grades in general have improved significantly.