On October 5, people around the world are paying tribute to teachers and other educators in honor of World Teachers' Day.
While it's not the most well-known holiday, Dubai Cares stepped in in a big way to help developing economies educate future generations.
The UAE-based non-profit organization launched a three-year program beginning yesterday, which will enhance the skills of 17,000 teachers in 66 districts in Uganda. The program will cost over AED 4 million.
The program, which is called 'Teacher Changemaker,' aims to "increase teacher motivation, improve teaching practice, and enhance student learning in addition to rebuilding the teaching profession and improving learning levels for students in Uganda," Gulf News reports.
The program was launched in partnership with the group Schools and Teachers Innovating for Results, and Tareq Al Gurg, chief executive officer of Dubai Cares, spoke about the new initiative: "At Dubai Cares, we believe that improved teacher motivation leads to more effective teaching practice, which, in turn, results in better learning outcomes among students.
"With the launch of the 'Teacher Changemaker' programme, we aim to bring back the intrinsic motivation of teaching to Uganda by building a mass teacher-led movement for change from within the existing system. Supporting motivated, skillful and influential practitioners will certainly create motivated and influential future leaders," he added.
Here's to teachers everywhere!