Blogging for Education – We Have a Winner!
After announcing, on July 21st, our blogging for education campaign we are finally ready to name our winner.
The winning educational oriented non profit is:
Teachers Without Borders (TWB) supports teacher leaders, worldwide, with professional development opportunities and tools that connect them with information and each other so that they may play a more vital role in their communities. We focus on teachers with initiative, who are passionate about their subjects and compassionate towards children.
The winning post was submitted by Jacqui Murray, a K-5 teacher, via her blog WordDreams.
Teachers are the world’s fixers. They show us how to use that complicated organ inside our head to solve problems, to get along, to talk to each other.
But, you say, we have no teachers. Teachers Without Borders brings them to you.
Teachers Without Borders is in twenty-six countries. You can make that twenty-seven.
Inspiring to be sure. In her own words, “I’ve decided to give back to the community that has given me so much and take up teaching full time. I work with children ages five through ten, showing them the magic of technology while pursuing my second passion, writing. I live in Laguna Hills CA with my husband, adult son and two beautiful Labradors.”
TWB is all about giving teachers around the world the supplies, content, training, and the connections with each other that allow them to change their surrounding communities and culture for the better. “Education is unevenly distributed throughout the world; intelligence is not. Therefore, TWB facilitates the free and open use of collective wisdom generated by teacher leaders from every culture to help all teachers work more effectively.”
Their “Countries of Focus” in 2008 included China, Kenya, Turkey, Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa. TWB combines a global teacher network, courseware and certification programs focusing on teacher professional development, and action groups designed to bring these programs to the people that need them the most. Through the combination of these offerings and the application of modern technological and communication advances, TWB can impact low income, hard-to-reach communities like never before.
TWB is poised to continue to have a significant impact on the lives of students around the world. They believe that the key to quality of life is through an exceptional teacher. They help to create and move these teachers where they are needed and this is why they were chosen.
We will be donating $500 to Teachers Without Borders in Jacqui’s name to help them to continue to bring quality education to those who don’t have access to it.
Consider this a call to action! Visit the Teachers Without Borders website and get involved. Help them to continue the great work they are doing by offering your support. The more teachers involved in their community, the greater the help it can offer to the areas and people that need it.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate a non-profit. Your submissions were truly inspiring, and even though there is only one winner, the broader goal of this campaign, to raise awareness for deserving educational non profit organizations who are impacting their communities and the world, has been met. Thank you for taking part, and for helping to bring these stories to light.