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Mobile Mentoring is the third phase of the Teachers for Teachers initiative, through which teachers who have been through 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 mentoring program.
Teachers who are part of the ITP Cohort participate in mentoring for two months, and teachers from the ETP Cohort participate for six months. During this time mentees and mentors engage in regular communication either about specific problems that arise in the classroom on a particular day, tips and strategies learned in the training, 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.
Between September 2016 and August 2017:
- 20 Global Mentors have been recruited
- 130 teachers have received mobile mentoring
Curriculum developed by the T4T team to guide the mentoring program design, orientation and implementation.