My name is Alys, a 25 year-old French and Spanish teacher from Wales. I have volunteered in schools across Kenya, and was initially inspired by these opportunities to instil a love of learning in young people and inspire them to suceed, regardless of their background. I am also a Teach First ambassador, and strive to reverse the socioeconomic injustice so prevalent in the UK education system. I am now taking this mission to India, so that the communities that need it most can benefit from informed, motivated, and fully trained teachers.
Why do I need your help?
Low quality education
190 million children around the world can't read this sentence. Failure to provide high-quality education is a global crisis which is costing us £100 billion a year. Too many Indian teachers receive little or no formal teacher training prior to entering the classroom, and too many end up leaving the profession. Furthermore, the pupil : teacher ratio in India is, on average, five times higher than well-developed countries, with at least 60 pupils to a class. This leads to teachers feeling over-worked and under valued.
A shortage of teachers
The UN estimates 33 countries won't have enough teachers to provide every child with primary education by 2030. This means 69 million teachers must be recruited and trained.
I have seen the impact education can have
My experiences in Kenya showed me how simply providing access to basic education can bring 5 year-olds off the street and give them a sense of purpose. However, I do not want to arrive, teach, and leave, but rather have a long-term impact by reaching out to hundreds of teachers and head teachers across the country through the sharing of skills and knowledge. To quote a Chinese proverb: give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
What will I do?
I will lead Indian teachers through cycles of workshops, lesson observations and coaching to enable them to become self-reflectors and continuously improve their own teaching through engaging lessons; ensuring every child is catered for.
Here is an example of what you can help me to achieve: