• Awarded: 2008
  • Issue Areas: Education · Secondary Education
  • Region: Europe · North America
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  • About the Organization

    Teach For All supports and connects a global network of independent organizations working around the world to ensure that every child has access to an excellent education.

    Each organization in the network, conceived and launched by a local entrepreneur, enlists its nation’s most promising leaders to teach in high-need areas for two years and, in the long-term, drive systemic change from within and outside of the education sector.

    Teach For All is catalyzing an international movement to expand educational opportunity. At the center of this network, Teach For All plays a unique role: it helps local organizations overcome common challenges by providing direct support services and serving as a hub for the exchange of best practices.

    Teach For All fosters a global community of almost 12,000 teachers and more than 25,000 alumni. Based on growing demand, the network expects to expand to more than 40 countries by the end of 2015.

    The world’s most disadvantaged children have the least access to quality education.

    Teach For All extends Teach For America’s innovations to developing countries.

    Wendy Kopp seeks to provide disadvantaged students with a new source of talented, committed teachers while building a corps of leaders to support excellence.

    TFA has 20 national organizations with 11,000 teachers and 26,000 alumni worldwide.

    Ambition for Change

    Social enterprises enlist promising future leaders in nations throughout the world in efforts to ensure that students have the educational opportunities they deserve. As educational outcomes improve: healthcare advances, economies grow stronger, poverty rates decrease, and human rights conditions get better.

    Path to Scale

    Replication through Partnerships

    Independent local partners establish the program in their own countries with Teach for All providing technical support.

    Business Model

    Philanthropic support for core operational and headquarters functions; local programs build their own revenue streams from public, corporate, and philanthropic partnerships.

    Wendy Kopp founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. After 24 years, she moved into the role of chair of the board in 2013 to devote her attention to the role of CEO of Teach For All, which she co-founded with Brett Wigdortz of Teach First, the organization’s United Kingdom adaptation. Teach For All extends Teach For America’s innovation of recruiting recent top college graduates, training them to be successful teachers in disadvantaged communities, and fostering their ongoing leadership in addressing educational inequity. At the time of the Award, Teach for All was supporting entrepreneurs in nine countries adapting the model to their local contexts.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • TFA supports teaching entrepreneurs in 34 countries.
    • TFA has grown to include 20 national organizations with 11,000 teachers and approximately 26,000 alumni worldwide.
    • In Peru, 20 percent of the first cohort of Teach for All graduates joined education-related organizations including the national government.
    • In its first year, Teach for Colombia had 1,000 applicants for 28 teaching spots.


    Wendy KoppCEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All

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