Tutor Doctor | Mar 19, 2012

Teachers without Borders

Categories: K-12, K12

Informed, educated and well trained teachers are something we take for granted, but many developing countries struggle with. Teachers without borders aims to improve the standard of teaching worldwide and help teachers in less developed areas. Teachers without Borders (TWA) was formed to improve education globally by supporting teachers locally. When teachers are well educated and informed they are able to pass their knowledge on to their students to create smarter, healthier, wealthier, more peaceful individuals and societies. Support for one teacher can touch the lives of hundreds of students.

What is Teachers without Borders?

“TWB is a leading nonprofit in the field of international education and teacher professional development. Founded in 2000, the organization believes that teachers are the natural and obvious key to human welfare. TWB’s diverse and talented membership of over 6,000 teachers from more than 180 countries have designed and led education programs to address community development needs. TWB supports teachers by gathering and creating free and open educational resources; empowering the voices of innovative and compassionate teachers and community leaders; and nurturing partnerships from the village to the government. Our content is derived from collective wisdom of our teacher members, and not a broadcast model of right answers. Most recently, TWB has worked to provide expert resources in the field of earthquake education, responding quickly to the earthquakes in China and Haiti.”

TWB provides training, resources and tools to educators in remote areas. They use technology to help leap-frog flagging education in developing nations, but retain the all-important face-to-face contact through seminars and workshops. Volunteers to TWB can choose to help in several different programs.

Emergency education

During times of emergency when students are displaced due to war or natural disasters, education helps to reduce the impact that emergencies have on students psychologically and in terms of development. Whether you they are providing logistical support, training or are out in the field, TWB provides a lifeline for students in times of need.

Free training courses

The peace training course is a professional development course offered by TWB that hopes to spread a culture of peace through classrooms and into societies. The certificate of teaching masteries is the flagship program offered by TWB. This is a program that helps teachers to improve their professional knowledge and help them to improve their teaching techniques.

Workshops and conferences

Worldwide workshops and conferences aim to improve teaching skills and provide an international network of teaching professionals which offer each other support, training, materials and resources so that they can all become more effective educators.

Get involved

There are many ways to help TWB. Volunteering rarely means having to travel to remote areas as most of the resources are shared online. If you are a teacher or if you want to further the wonderful work that the TWA does, visit their website at www.teacherswithoutborders.org. and sign up as a member for free.