Celebrating teachers leading in crisis and lifting others up on World Teacher’s Day

Today, October 5th, teachers all over the world are celebrated for their efforts to leave no one behind and democratise access to education. The service of teachers and the profession as a whole directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 - ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

This year due to Covid-19, we’ve witnessed education disruption at a scale and pace never before seen in the world. Teachers have had to come up with innovative ways to keep learning going and students engaged; parents in many cases have had to step up to play the roles of teachers at home, in addition to being primary caregivers. For this reason, UNESCO’s theme for World Teachers Day 2020 - “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” is not only especially relevant, but adequately captures the role teachers have had to play in ensuring learning continuity and support for their students. 

Katherine, a Director at Little Lambs Schools in Eldoret, Kenya had to lead her school through the storm at the onset of the pandemic and transition quickly to virtual learning using G Suite for education. With the selfless work of the school’s teachers such as Thomas - not only were the students at the school able to keep learning, but they were able to empower the wider community through a paid community learning programme using G Suite for education. Through the revenue generated from the virtual community learning program, Little Lambs school was able to keep teacher salaries paid and operations going during the pandemic. 

Little Lambs Schools’ story, and many other stories of schools and teachers reimagining education in times of crises, show how education has the power to empower people, communities and improve the overall economy. Last month, we announced our commitment to help 500k students and 25k teachers get back on their feet through G Suite for education virtual learning tools and training programs such as Teach from Anywhere - we are excited to see the impact of these programs so far and look forward to supporting the progress of many more teachers and learners across the continent. Finally, to all teachers and parents turned teachers, going above and beyond to keep children learning, Happy World Teachers Day.

Posted by Agnes Gathaiya, Country Director, Kenya