Mission, Vision & Values, Beliefs, what guides us

Motto

Teachers matter. Teacher motivation matters. Teachers are the key.

Maya Angelou paid tribute to Bertha Flowers, a teacher who cultivated her love of poetry and empowered her to regain her voice after not speaking for five years, in her autobiography, 
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

Vision

Quality teaching and learning for all children in Africa and achievement of SDG4.

UN SDG4 highlighted

Mission

Support teachers to use their power to transform lives in Africa through improving their students’ learning.

Values

Humility and integrity
Respect for human dignity
Compassion and understanding
Enablement
Inclusion
Sustainability
Pursuit of excellence
Commitment to partnership
A results-orientation informed by continuous learning

Goals

  1. Improve learning
  2. Reduce teacher absenteeism
  3. Increase teacher morale
  4. Elevate the status of teachers
  5. Raise awareness of criticality of teachers to quality education
  6. Devise and use development approaches that are not “business-as-usual”, and are teacher and “classroots reality” focused, human resource light, cost effective, improve learning and are climate change and sustainability friendly, and self-financing

Our beliefs

  • We believe that learning is critical and 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 of teachers and teacher motivation.
  • We believe that empowering teachers is the key to addressing the learning crisis, in which 85% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are not learning.
  • We believe that Education and teachers are key to reaching all Sustainable Development Goals, and teachers are critical to SDG4.
  • We believe that sustainable and climate change friendly approaches are paramount and must underlie all our work.
  • We, at Power Teachers Africa, believe that teachers’ “grassroots” and “classroots” realities, in particular, the humanity of teachers, must be at the forefront; power must be put into the hands of teachers, let them use their power to effectively improve learning. 
  • We believe that business-as-usual strategies should not be placed centre-stage in teacher interventions, as they do not lead to improved learning.

What Guides Power Teachers Africa

Education without learning is not Education.

Teachers matter.  Teacher motivation matters.  Teachers are the key.

85% children in sub-Saharan Africa are not learning (UNESCO, 2017).  Research proves that teachers are THE key to addressing this crisis.

The overarching foundational questions of PTA is: How can we effectively and efficiently (cost focus) support teachers within government systems to improve learning within their “classroots” realities, which in too many schools in Africa still include overcrowded classrooms, schools without electricity, shortage of learning materials, and poor infrastructure?

Business-as-usual strategies will not bring about great teachers and children learning. Power Teachers Africa is committed to developing and successfully implementing solutions that are not using business-as-usual approaches.

Teacher absenteeism a major issue – up to 80% in some areas.  Business-as-usual teacher support programmes are not addressing this.  Power Teachers Africa places this task as core to all our activities.

Climate Change-Friendly Teacher Professional Development Matters

We are dedicated to realizing our visionquality teaching and learning for all children in Africa and achievement of SDG 4. 

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 at Power Teachers Africa believe that teachers’ “grassroots” and “classroots” realities, in particular, the humanity of teachers, must be at the forefront; power must be put into the hands of teachers, enabling them to use their power to effectively improve learning.

Power Teachers are learning outcome focused.

Power Teachers Africa seeks to develop self-financing options