News and Events
T2T’s founder Anita Lowenstein Dent wins Points of Light award
Congratulations to Anita, who has been awarded a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding change-makers.
In a personal letter to Anita, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how ‘Teach2Teach International’ is training the teachers of the future, giving young people across Ghana the education they need to succeed in their own lives and communities.”
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The Wiyaala Gala
Watch our new film about our fabulous CVTs, and scroll down to see a message from Lord Paul Boateng, as well as photos of the Wiyaala Gala
“Well done Anita on a great evening last night. Good fun.” Jonathan
“Congratulations on a fabulous success last night!” Wendy
“Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Huge congratulations!” David
“What a fantastic night you gave us all. It came together beautifully.” Annie
“Congratulations on laying on such a spectacular event. Music, food and general vibe were all fab.” Hilary
“Thanks to all of you for a fantastic evening, but even more for all your excellent work towards a very deserving cause.” Ian
News from Ghana
T2T’s Community Volunteer Teacher Programme has launched in the Kumbungu District of Ghana’s Northern Region. Our first cohort of 34 talented and motivated Community Volunteer Teachers have completed the initial eight day intensive training. Congratulations to them all!
Having completed the eight day intensive, our 34 CVTs have covered as much ground as teachers in other colleges of education cover in three years. The vast majority of CVTs come from families in which they are the only literate child. They have all completed senior high school, but financial constraint mean they cannot continue to tertiary training, and jobs are extremely scarce.
The CVTs prize the programme as a unique and extremely valuable opportunity to escape unemployment and poverty. They have a strong sense of duty to serve the children they will teach, and are motivated to raise up the new generation of young Ghanaians that will follow in their footsteps. They take their roles as leaders, mentors and role models extremely seriously.
T2T hosted an inauguration event for the CVTP for 100 people at our training centre in Kumbungu.
We were delighted to host a group of highly esteemed guests to our event. It was a pleasure and an honour to welcome Chief Alhassan Andani, CEO of Stanbic Bank, Chair of the Ghana Association of Bankers, and special advisor to the President of Ghana on corporate and social responsibility for SDGs. We were especially honoured when Chief Andani broke with usual protocol and observed a CVT training session in the classroom.
Alongside Chief Andani, we we honoured to welcome Ambassador Patrick Hayford, Special Advisor on Africa and Director for African Affairs in the Office of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; Mr Mohammed Haroun, Regional Director of Education for the Northern Region; and Leticia Browne, Director of the Advisory Group on SDGs to the President of Ghana.
We were also honoured to welcome representatives for the District Assembly, University for Development Studies Tamale, Bagabaga College of Education, Ghana Developing Communities Association, School for Life Technical Committee, CAMFED, and the National Youth Authority of Ghana.
Many stirring speeches were made at the event. Chief Andani spoke inspiringly, telling the CVTs that they should reach for their goals and raise up Ghana. A number of the new CVTs spoke extremely movingly about what the programme means to them. The event ended with a feast, and the presentation of cake emblazoned with the T2T logo to the CVTs.
Ghana News Agency cover the Kumbungu launch
Wiyaala profiled in The Financial Times
Small Charities Challenge Fund Grant
Teach2Teach International has been awarded a grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), the Department for International Development (DFID) fund supporting charities to achieve sustained poverty reduction.
Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt said:
“Every child should be able to go to school, and ultimately, we cannot end poverty without helping children reach their full potential.
“I’m proud UK aid is supporting Teach2Teach International to allow young children in Ghana to receive a quality education and realise a better future for themselves and their families.
“Small British charities often punch above their weight and UK aid’s Small Charities Challenge Fund exists to make sure those organisations with big hearts get the early support they need to help end poverty.”
The Ghanaian Association of Bankers hosts Teach2Teach in Accra
The Ghanaian Times: Community Volunteer Teacher Programme to be implemented next year
“Speaking at a roundtable discussion to build a consortium of social impact funders to support the CVTP work of the Teach2Teach International, the Founder of Teach2Teach International, Anita Lowenstein Dent said the programme was to help build the skills of senior high school graduates who are interested in teaching to enter teaching in their communities to address the shortage of teachers in the beneficiary regions.”
“The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh in remarks made on his behalf lauded Teach2Teach for the initiative, saying government was committed to quality education delivery.”
Ghana News Agency: Corporate bodies should support Teach2Teach project – Stanbic MD
“Mr Alhassan Andani, the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank, has appealed to financial institutions and corporate bodies to support the “Teach2Teach” educational project in the country.”
“Mr Andani said education played an immeasurable role in the development of any country, and that it was necessary for stakeholders to support underserved educational institutions especially those in rural areas to bridge the educational gap.”
GhanaWeb: GAB to support Community Volunteer Teacher Programme – Alhassan Andani
“Speaking to Journalists after a Ghana Association of Bankers and Teach2Teach roundtable discussion, Mr Andani said the GAB will the using their CSR investment fund which is normally used in supporting flood victims and victims of fire disasters to support the underprivileged communities.”
“These under-privileged communities have children really being flooded down so we will not wait for occasional rain flood but we will go and deal together as an association with the issue of rural teacher problems and teaching issues within the rural areas.”
GhanaWeb TV: “I’m embarrassed by my region’s position in school ranking” - Mohammed Haroun, Director of Education, Northern Region
Teach2Teach International Launch Event: Charity Preview of The Square
An exclusive charity preview of Oscar nominated film The Square took place on Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 at the Electric Cinema. Dominic West, one of the stars of The Square, joined us for the evening.
Directed by Ruben Östlund
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West & Claes Bang
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is ‘The Square’, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations.
Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ‘The Square’. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.