Our Core Principles

At Teach2Teach International we train Community Volunteer Teachers (CVTs) in the best modern, child-centred teaching practices.

We believe that underprivileged children need and deserve high quality education to give them a chance of escaping poverty and having a better life.


Core principles of the CVTP


  • The CVTP produces quality teachers, trained in child-centred teaching practices based on participation, phonics and problem solving. They will have pedagogical skills to transform the way that children in the region are taught.


  • Because T2T trains both Community Volunteer Teachers and key stakeholders in their communities, CVTs are fully supported and their skills belong to their communities.

Gender equality

  • Gender balance is a key imperative in our intakes for the CVTP.

  • We actively encourage girls to remain in education. This changes their life prospects and has a positive impact on their reproductive health.

Livelihood development

  • The CVTP boosts the status and value of education in communities. CVTs are key voices in encouraging parents to allow their children to stay in education, which in turn improves their chances of finding work when they leave school.

  • CVTs will gain a broad range of transferable skills, putting them in a strong position to become wealth generators.

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Community Volunteer Teaching Programme Timeline

Community Volunteer Teaching Programme Timeline

Key features of The Community Volunteer Teacher Programme (CVTP)

  • We begin with a one week accelerated learning programme to select our CVTs.

  • This is followed by a one year, in service modular training programme.

  • We aim to train 180 CVTs over three years, who will work in 80 schools in 8 districts, impacting up to 40,000 children

  • We will train 45 teachers in the first year

  • Community Volunteer Teachers (CVTs) learn how to teach core syllabus content using the best modern, child-centred teaching practices.

  • CVTs are guided to get the qualifications they need and move on to further training and employment opportnities.

  • Volunteers who successfully complete the one year programme will be awarded the Community Volunteer Teacher Certificate.

  • We work in partnership with local education authorities and NGOs to ensure that any programme we create is culturally specific. We want the communities that we work with to be able to take ownership of the programme, so that it is sustainable and has long-term impact.

  • We aim our recruitment drive at young women to ensure gender parity, and focus on promoting education to girls' parents, ensuring that the CVTP's benefits are felt by all.

  • We train all key stakeholders in the CVTP: key officials in the local education authority, head teachers, and both qualified and unqualified teachers alongside whom the CVTs will work. This builds a support structure for the CVTs in their communities and multiplies the impact of the programme.

  • We set up and train a parent-led school board and Parent Teacher Association, to ensure that parents become involved in their children’s education. In particular, this will raise the status of education among parents of girls, who are less likely to be allowed to attend school.

Key outcomes of the CVTP

Community Volunteer Teacher outcomes:

  • 180 young people have skills and experience allowing them to go on to work in schools, or find other meaningful employment.

  • Women who would have struggled to find employment have better life chances.

  • Volunteers who successfully complete the one year programme will be awarded the Community Volunteer Teacher Certificate.

Student outcomes:

  • Students achieve better educational outcomes, indicated by higher rates of numeracy and literacy.

  • Girls are more likely to stay in school.

  • Students have better chances of finding employment when they leave school.

Community and stakeholder outcomes

  • Communities place a higher value on education.

  • Community resilience is built through education.

  • In Community Volunteer Teachers, communities gain potential wealth generators.

  • All key stakeholders in the CVTP share responsibility for the programme’s success.

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