Our partnership with Teach For All
The sustainability and innovative power of our economy and our society depends on a strong educational system and the targeted development of the next generation of young professionals. To this end, Deutsche Post DHL launched a global partnership with Teach For All, a network of 32 independent partner organizations around the world which pursue the common goal of improving education, expanding educational opportunity and addressing the problem of educational inequity.
As part of our commitment, we provide support to the worldwide Teach For All parent organization as well as to seven national organizations in Germany, India, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Spain and the Philippines. The newest partnership, with Teach for the Philippines, was launched in August 2013. Additional country-level partnerships will be established in the near future. Our support for these partner organizations includes financial assistance, donations, and the hands-on involvement of our employees.
Teach For All, committed to addressing the worldwide problem of educational inequity, is driven by the idea that every child, regardless of their parents’ socio-economic status, should have access to quality education. To this end, Teach For All partner organizations recruit and train exceptional university graduates and young professionals to serve as teachers (“teaching participants”) for two years at a school in a high-need community.
The Teach For All model brings double benefits. While students improve their academic performance over the short/medium term, the teaching participants take on responsibility as agents of change, expand their horizons and build their leadership skills.
Teach For All is confident that teaching participants, after completing the program, will remain active advocates for equal educational opportunity and help shape the future of education as professionals in education, the public sector, business or the non-profit world. Today, Teach For All has 35,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions or on track to become leaders in their fields. In the reporting year, more than 15,000 teaching participants were deployed on teaching assignments around the world, reaching a total of 1.3 million children and young people.
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Many of the Teach For All network partners are new, fast-growing organizations who need support in establishing management systems and processes, and we get involved here, too. As an example, we took our First Choice method, something that we continuously apply to optimize our own processes, and adapted it to the needs of an educational organization. Based on this, we then conducted a series of workshops with the Teach For All network partners.
We also established mentoring programs for both teaching participants and high school students designed to provide support in the areas of personal development and career guidance. In the reporting year, approximately 840 of our employees took part in 65 partnership activities. About 60 of these employees volunteered their time as mentors to Teach For All teaching participants and students.
As part of our 15-month mentoring program, 80 of our employees provided Teach First Deutschland participants' students with mentoring in all matters related to personal and career orientation. Deutsche Post DHL managers also volunteered their time to serve as mentors for Teach First Deutschland teaching participants.
Our employees visited Enseña Por Argentina partner schools to talk to students about possible career opportunities and about their own experience transitioning from school to the working world.
A teaching participant in the Enseña Chile program took his students on a tour of a DHL logistics center and administrative office, providing the students with an inside look into a company and its operations.
To support the further development of the educational infrastructure, our employees joined forces with Teach For India to set up a school library and organize a donation drive, which provided several schools with used computers and stationary materials. Several of our managers also volunteered their time to visit classrooms and give a lesson to the students.
Together with teaching participants from EnseñaPeru, our employees volunteered their time to teach in schools and organize special events, including a workshop on entrepreneurship and marketing. A select group of our managers also provided mentoring support to EnseñaPeru teaching participants.
As of October 2012, Empieza Por Educar fellows, taking part in a mentoring program, are supported by managers. A friendly soccer match provided children and young people from a Empieza Por Educar partner school with the chance to meet and get to know some of our employees.