Ever since humans started establishing the very first organized societies, the need for some kind of education occurred. From there, the human race has been pacing forward in terms of scientific and cultural innovations most often due to well-developed and structured educational systems. It is a global concern that not all people have access to education even after it was accredited the status of human rights. Many international as well as nation-level organizations and institutions promote increased access to education and dedicate a lot of their time and financial resources to granting everyone the possibility to learn.
Teachers without Borders
The organization was launched in 2000 with the goals of promoting education and making it available for everyone regardless of their geographical location. The organization operates based on shared information and experience; the teachers are encouraged to learn from one another, travel freely and utilize all the information available for them, all of which allow to bridge gaps and help teachers act as positive community change agents. The initiative has received a lot of approval, support and positive feedback, including multiple awards such as 2018 Luxembourg Peace Prize. The membership in the program is completely free of charge and involves teachers and educators from approximately 115 countries. Among its many contributions to the society, one is granting education to those who live in conflict-affected areas or conditions of extreme poverty.
The format of the program is highly varied. In terms of the teachers themselves, it offers them online courses, live workshops, books, journals and radio programs, which is especially relevant to those with little to no access to the internet and/or computers. These resources are aimed at not only providing alternative or especially effective teaching and communication methods but also information on how to provide education in war-torn zones, emergency zones, what challenges girls’ schools can face in certain locations, how to approach these issues and so on. On top of the initiatives, schools such as Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education provide complementary classes.
Teachers Without Borders in Africa
The activity of the organization has been especially relevant in certain geographic regions with Africa probably in the leading spot. Due to the colonial past and many other environmental and situational factors, the continent is notorious for low living standards and consequently difficult access to education. The situation is especially challenging for ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ. Teachers Without Borders is attempting to change the situation for the better. It is known to have been successfully operating in numerous African countries, such as South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana among others. In South Africa, the program has reached exceptional success and is able to offer quality education in areas with high poverty rates. It has also ben very active in Nigeria, where it works to bridge chasms in accessibility of education brought about by ethnic differences and huge wealth gap. All the work has been so crucial to the development of the entire continent that Teachers Without Borders has received Champions of African Education Award in 2010; especially relevant is the exceptional integration of radio into the program, which has been an essentially tool for spreading knowledge in the continent.