It’s World Teachers’ Day today (5th October) and we’re in Paris collecting a global award for improving teaching quality in Cambodia.
We were thrilled to hear earlier this year that UNESCO had honoured our seminal ‘Teach the Teacher’ programme with the prestigious UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers. The award identified three outstanding programs worldwide to honour with the prize that includes US $100,000 to help reach more teachers, children and supporters.
We wouldn’t have been awarded this prize without the hard work and dedication of our teachers and SeeBeyondBorders staff. Teachers are absolutely vital in the ongoing rebuild of Cambodia. We believe that changes comes about with education. This World Teachers’ Day we asked them to share with us their thoughts on how education and teaching has shaped their lives.
We have reached over 27,500 Cambodian children through ‘Teach the Teacher’ – the skills development programme designed to improve the quality of education offered by teachers in primary schools. In Cambodia over 50 per cent of teachers have not completed high school themselves. We designed ‘Teach the Teacher’ to address this by working directly with groups of primary school teachers in rural areas where the need is greatest, to equip them with new skills, competencies and confidence.
The huge improvement in the pass rates achieved by students in their end of year exams is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all of the team. Over three years the pass rate of our grade one to three students in Maths has increased from 48 per cent in 2013 to an incredible 80 per cent in 2016.
We believe that building the knowledge and confidence of Cambodian teachers is the key to providing a brighter future for Cambodian children. Thanks to this award we will be able to reach more teachers and communities where children are eager to learn.
The Prize will be awarded for the 4th time at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2016.
We’ll be posting a video from our trip to Paris very soon so do like us on Facebook and Twitter to get our latest updates.