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Mobile Mentoring

Mobile Mentoring is the third phase of the Teachers for Teachers initiative, and teachers who have participated in one of the training and coaching tracks have the opportunity for sustained and longer-term support from external, professional resources. Through “Whatsapp” teachers (mentees) are paired with a “Global Mentor” - volunteers from around the world with significant classroom teaching experience who provide ongoing, real time support on teaching challenges that arise on a regular basis. Through support from Safaricom and Vodafone Foundations, Teachers for Teachers has been able to provide all mentees with phones, airtime, and data, which allow them to participate in the mobile mentoring program. 

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Teachers who are part of the ITP Cohort participate in mobile mentoring for 2 months, and Teachers from the ETP Cohort participate for 6 months. During this time mentees and mentors engage in regular communication either about specific problems that arise in the classroom on a particular day, more general approaches related to pedagogy and planning, or to talk through some of the broader challenges of working in a refugee camp setting. Mentors are selected based on their experiences in teaching, working in developing world contexts, and knowledge of the education in emergencies field.

Impact Stats on Mobile Mentoring

Between September 2016 and January 2017:

  • 15 Global Mentors have been recruited
  • 82 teachers have received mobile mentoring