We are Power Teachers Africa. We are dedicated to realising our vision – Quality teaching and learning for all children in Africa and achievement of the Education Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.
We believe that teachers have the power to transform lives through children learning. We believe that teachers are THE key (#teachersarethekey) to quality education for every child, which is key to development. We believe that supporting the unlocking of this key requires a focus on the status and motivation of teachers. Everything we do is driven by our motto – “Teachers matter. Teacher motivation matters. Teachers are the key”. We are focused on finding cost effective and self-sustaining solutions, which are also climate-change friendly.
Take a moment and give thanks to one of your power teachers, a teacher who used their power to inspire you, to help you learn and achieve your goals, to nurture and encourage your talents, to develop your capacity to be a good human being, believeed in you, was your champion. Teachers have immense power and we all benefit from this.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”Henry B. Adams
Teachers change lives. Yet, in too many countries in the world where teaching was once a high-status profession, teachers are no longer supported effectively by governments, communities and parents. Those countries that most value their teachers through effective preparation, ongoing professional development and adequate remuneration tend to have the best performing education systems. We at Power Teachers Africa will work to address this and elevate again the status of teachers globally and enable the power of teachers to improve lives be realised.
We at Power Teachers Africa believe working with teachers brings about the most impact. Everything we do is driven by our motto – “Teachers matter. Teacher motivation matters. Teachers are the key”. That is why we at Power Teachers Africa are committed to supporting teachers to realise their power to help children be the best they can be. We are equally committed to supporting the raising of teachers’ status globally.
Power Teachers Africa works with our partners to help teachers help themselves to be the best teachers they can be through motivating teachers to take responsibility for their professional development and being great teachers, and to ultimately ensure that:
- the quality of teaching is enhanced
- they are in class teaching every day
- learning outcomes improve
We work with teachers where they are at – we take fully into account their personal and professional contexts, their ‘grassroots’ and ‘classroots’ realities, as change will not occur if these are ignored. Teachers in emerging economies in Africa, especially in primary schools, mostly work with
- Poor basic classroom infrastructure often with insufficient desks for children
- Very few resources, such as teaching materials, science, sports and music facilities and materials
- No electricity – 90% children in Sub-Saharan Africa go to primary schools with no electricity
- Overcrowded classrooms, sometimes up to 100 children in a classroom, with average pupil:teacher ratio of 1:38 in Sub-Saharan Africa 2017 (World Bank, 2017)
- Very low salaries only allowing teachers and their families a poor standard of living
- Housing mostly not provided by the school requiring teachers to travel long distances to school, often on foot.
- Issues involved in working in remote and rural schools
Power Teachers Africa believes that power must be put into the hands of teachers, let them use their power to effectively improve learning. Teachers in low-income and emerging countries are rarely appreciated and are too often spoken of critically without acknowledgement of the often hugely difficult and demoralising conditions in which they work. They are too rarely given a voice in interventions to improve their practices, rather they are acted on, not with, through the provision of training, textbooks, new curricula, new innovations and so on, with no focus on whether new interventions are implementable within their “grassroots’ and ‘classroots’ realities” or whether teachers are willing or able to implement them.
At Power Teachers Africa, we say give teachers back their power, put the power in teachers’ hands, teachers like Agnes, and let them use their power to improve learning and raise again the status of the teaching profession and ensure that every child learns and is thus provided with the opportunity to improve their lives.