#TeacherTuesday

The latest EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 analyses the challenges teachers face on a daily basis to provide a quality education that will ensure children in their class emerge with at least the basic skills.

Over 10 Tuesdays from the 25th February, 10 teachers, from 10 countries around the world will share their stories, motivations and challenges in their work as part of a new social media campaign, #TeacherTuesday. The project will tell the stories of teachers who have taught through fighting in Syria, grappled with multilingual classrooms in Honduras, fought to overcome gender barriers in Afghanistan and taught in the largest urban slum in Africa, as well as many more.  The dates for each appear below.

Influential bloggers selected from across the globe will help bring these teachers’ daily work to life, and help ensure a deeper look is taken by policy makers and education workers at the support they need to help improve learning outcomes around the world. We will also be holding a tweetchat with each teacher using @EFAReport.

Meet the teachers

Esnart

Esnart

“I’ve even seen children as old as 9 or 10 who are unable to read and write their names when clearly they should be able to do this.”

Country: Malawi

Topic: Teacher shortage/school conditions

#TeacherTuesday date: 25th February

Tweetchat time: 12pm GMT


> View selection of blogs about Esnart and teacher shortages in Malawi


Natelee

Natelee

“Language has an impact on how children learn and how they perceive themselves as being part of the teaching-learning process. To not be taught in your mother tongue, leaves a gap, and makes you feel your language is not important."

Country: Honduras

Topic: Language issues in the classroom

#TeacherTuesday date: 4th March

Tweetchat time: 4-5pm GMT


> View selection of blogs about Natelee and language issues in the classroom


Nahida

Nahida

"I am a realistic person and optimistic about the future of education and learning programmes in Afghanistan. Now our people, after three decades of war, completely know about the importance of education. Educated people don’t take guns and don’t destroy their country and their schools."

Country: Afghanistan

Topic: Conflict and gender

#TeacherTuesday date: 11th March

Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation

Related information: Gender Summary


> View selection of blogs about Nahida and gender and conflict in learning


Mohammed

Mohammed

"[In Syria] the teachers are there for the students but the majority don't come as it's not safe for them to reach the school and the number of students are very little, that's why you can't call it an education process."

Country: Syria

Topic: Education in conflict situations

#TeacherTuesday date: 18th March

Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation


> View selection of blogs about Mohammed and education in conflict situations


Margaret

Margaret

“I remember a teacher telling us one time that we should never complain about hunger or poverty because that would stop us from getting an education. If we don’t have food today, we go to school and we get that food in abundance in the future.”

Country: Kenya

Topic: Poverty

#TeacherTuesday date: 25th March

Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation


> View selection of blogs about Margaret and education and poverty


Cees

Cees

"I am teaching at a school where it is very student focused. Students are the masters of their own learning process. You teach them how to cooperate, how to be self-supporting, and to make their own decisions how to learn things."

Country: Netherlands

Topic: Maintaining high grades/teacher training

#TeacherTuesday date: 1st April

Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation


> View selection of blogs about Cees and student-centered learning


Mosammat

Mosammat

"We need the floating school because in the monsoon season, one third of Bangladesh goes underwater.The floating school is the only education option here - it travels to students and provides education at their doorsteps." 


Country: Bangladesh

Topic: Access to education

#TeacherTuesday date: 8th April

Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation (with founder of a floating school)


> View selection of blogs about Mosammat and access to education


Russell

Russell

“Poverty draws a line in the sand. You’re on one side or the other. It’s hard. That’s why I don’t set homework on a computer as I know some still don’t have computers at home. I accept homework on a piece of paper. I don’t mind how it comes back as long as it comes back!”

Country: Australia

Topic: Indigenous communities

#TeacherTuesday date: 15th April

Tweetchat: Storify account of the full conversation


> View selection of blogs about Russell and teaching in Indigenous communities


Shape

Shape

"We train the learners not only on the curriculum, but also in sport and music. I always encourage them that this could be their future career. You can play soccer and it can give you a salary, it could put bread on the table! Every opportunity you are being given, take it as important."

Country: South Africa

Topic: Skills training in schools

#TeacherTuesday date: 22nd April


> View selection of blogs about Shape and skills training in South Africa


Siti

Siti

"My hope for the future is that there will be no such label as special inclusive schools as instead all schools in Indonesia will be inclusive"

Country: Indonesia

Topic: Disability in the classroom

#TeacherTuesday date: 6th May

Tweetchat: Read the full conversation on Storify


> View a selection of blogs about Siti and inclusive education in Indonesia