SeeBeyondBorders awarded UNESCO prize. SeeBeyondBorders awarded UNESCO prize.

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SeeBeyondBorders awarded prestigious UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, in recognition of its core Teach the Teacher program.

We are excited to share with you the fantastic news that SeeBeyondBorders has won its first ever internationally acclaimed award, the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, in recognition of its core Teach the Teacher program.

This award, which honours those making outstanding contributions to improving the quality of teaching and learning, is shared with two other programs and will be presented to the winners on World Teachers Day, 5 October 2016 in Paris.

SeeBeyondBorders’ Teach the Teacher program develops confident and competent communities of teachers committed to quality teaching and ongoing professional development. We are pleased to report the continuing success of this program, which has seen end-of-year Maths test pass rates increase from 48% in 2013 to 65% in 2015 (on average across grades 1 to 3) – one of the key metrics we use to determine the progress of the program.

This is a tremendous accolade for all those who have been involved with and supported the program both on the ground, behind the scenes and financially, and we remain hugely grateful to everyone who has helped to develop, implement, run and further improve this program. We are proud of the success we have had so far and cannot express how delighted we are to be making significant improvements within these communities – all of which make steps towards improving public education so families can give their children a real chance.

Please do read below an inspiring story of one of our former teachers on the Teach the Teacher program who continued to drive her own and her colleagues’ professional development even after she moved to another province in Cambodia.

Teacher case study       

Ms. Prak Sokunthy is a primary school teacher who participated in SeeBeyondBorders’ Teach the Teacher program in Ek Phnom district from 2012 to 2015. She told us: “About three years ago, I was not a skillful Mathematics teacher. I did not know ...what I should teach. I just taught what I myself understood from the text books.

“Fortunately, SeeBeyondBorders has run a Teach the Teacher and Mentoring program in my school for three years and has recently started the transition program. I was very lucky to be selected as a mentor and I have two mentees to work with. I got a lot of training on Math concepts and how to give support to mentees.

“I feel confident teaching Maths with clear learning objectives and using concrete materials with a lot of fun learning games during the lesson.”

In 2015 Ms. Prak Sokunthy informed us that she would be moving away from our focus area of Ek Phnom to Kampot province, where she will continue teaching. She told us that she will make use of the resources and skills she acquired during her time with SeeBeyondBorders, and that she will remain committed to her own, and her colleagues‘, ongoing professional development. She said: “I would like to take some SeeBeyondBorders resource material to use when teaching at my new school next year. I absolutely appreciate SeeBeyondBorders’ help with concepts, knowledge, understanding, and techniques on how to teach and support other teachers and how to use the resources. I will bring the experiences and what I have learnt to pass onto other teachers at my new school in Kampot Province.”

At the end of her first month in her new school, Ms. Prak Sokunthy was so proud of her students’ monthly test score as the majority got top marks.

One of her colleagues told us: “She is a good teacher because she has taught students interesting lessons, using resources that teachers and students [in Kampot province]  had never seen and used before. Moreover some teachers have been in to observe her teaching, so that they can learn from her.”


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