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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. There are two concurrent training tracks -- Initial Training Pack and Extended Training Pack -- through which all teachers participate. The training is followed by peer coaching and mobile mentoring. The Initial Training Pack (ITP) consists of a four day training followed by two months of peer coaching and two 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 and 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 eleven months of training with four core modules, eleven 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 three days of training; Curriculum & Planning lasts four days; Child Protection, Well-Being and Inclusions lasts four days; and Teacher’s Role & Well-being lasts three days. Members of this cohort can apply to be TLC Facilitators who organize Teacher Learning Circles (TLCs) for their fellow teachers (read more about this on our coaching page).

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Impact Stats on Training

Between June 2016 and July 2018:

  • 500 teachers trained through ITP Tracks
  • 30 teachers trained through ETP Track
  • 530 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.

Introduction to Training for Primary School Teachers in Crisis Contexts, , 2015


Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group (TICCWG; originally known as the Refugee Teacher Working Group), consultants and colleagues, representing a diverse group of individuals from international NGOs, universities, and UN agencies.

The materials are a product of a unique collaboration between global and regional education experts, teacher training experts, graduate students, field practitioners and teachers. 

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