A workplace internship semester at Teach For Bangladesh
AuthorRubama, Sumaiya Sayat
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Teach For Bangladesh (TFB) is a movement of passionate leaders committed to eliminating inequity inside and outside the nation’s classrooms, working towards the vision that all children in Bangladesh will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. TFB recruits a growing number of Bangladesh’s brightest graduates and young professionals, across disciplines and backgrounds, to teach in the capital city Dhaka’s most underserved communities for two-years through the most unique leadership development program in the country – the Teach For Bangladesh Fellowship program. The TFB Fellowship equips participants (known as Fellows) with skills and tools to expose the multifarious roots of inequity in education opportunities, and to spearhead immediate change in teaching practice, student-teacher-community outlook on school culture, and achievement gap in education across communities we work with. Beyond the two-year Fellowship, TFB Fellows become agents of long-term, systemic change in the country’s education sector, as leaders of the TFB Alumni network. Building on their immersive leadership teaching experience and exposure to root problems on the ground, TFB Alumni continue to tackle the multiple complexities of education inequity championing solutions from multiple sectors of society, as they progress into careers across private and public sector professions in their respective fields of discipline. Through our two-pronged model of change, TFB builds this growing movement of leaders committed to changing the system, to ensure that every child in Bangladesh has a brilliant education, regardless of where they come from. This model is shared by 40 + (and growing) partner organizations around the world, under the umbrella of Teach For All that unites us all insolidarity in the universal movement to end education inequity. While each of these partner organizations are autonomous, local entities, we are all connected through the TFAll platform, that allows us to share solutions, exchange strategies, strengthen regional cooperation in figuring out context and area specific adaptive measures to tackle systemic education disparity – basically existing as global thought sharing partners. Established in February 2012, we exist today to break the link between poverty and academic achievement, directly working with government primary school children aged 6-14 in low-income urban communities in Dhaka. Our Fellows work in deep collaboration – not isolation, engaging existing regular teachers in our partner schools in strengthening learning culture transformation community-wide. Entering January 2017, we will have over 75 Fellows operating across 26 schools in 6 education thanas in Dhaka, impacting upwards of 4,500 students. We also have 25 young Alumni starting their journey impacting macro level change inside and outside the education system.