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Teachers for Teachers brings together a variety of professional development opportunities for refugee teachers to provide on-site and online tailored, engaging and integrated support. Training teams of international and local staff facilitate in-person training sessions with 25 to 30-person teacher cohorts. During this time, teachers learn new techniques and methodologies—crafted particularly for emergency contexts—that they can immediately begin putting into practice. 

Training Program Page (Photo 1) 

There are two concurrent training tracks -- Initial Training Pack and Extended Training Pack -- through which all teachers participate, which are then followed by coaching and mobile mentoring. The Initial Training Pack (ITP) consists of a four day training followed by 2 months of peer coaching and 2 months of mobile mentoring. ITP cohorts cover four modules on each day of their training, which include Teacher’s Role and Well-Being, Child Protection, Well-being and Inclusion, Pedagogy, and Curriculum & Planning. Members of this cohort can apply to be coaches and receive coaching through the Teacher Learning Circle Facilitator model (read more about this on our coaching page). The Extended Training Pack (ETP) consists of 11 months of training with four core modules, 11 months of peer coaching, and 6 months of mobile mentoring. The ETP cohort covers the same four modules over a longer period of time. The module on Pedagogy consists of 3 days of training; Curriculum & Planning lasts 4 days; Child Protection, Well-Being and Inclusions lasts 4 days; and Teacher’s Role & Well-being lasts 3 days. Members of this cohort can apply to be Peer Coaches, and receive additional support through this model of coaching (read more about this on our coaching page).

Training Program Page (Photo 2)

Impact Stats on Training

Between June 2016 and April 2017:

  • 137 teachers trained through ITP Tracks
  • 27 teachers trained through ETP Track
  • 164 total

Access to the rest of our open-source Training for Primary School Teachers in Crisis Contexts materials can be downloaded from our resources page.