Teach for Slovakia looks for special teachers for elementary schools

THE INTERNATIONAL organisation Teach for Slovakia tries to lure the best university graduates to teach at Slovak elementary schools.

(Source: Sme - Tibor Somogyi)

Within the two-year paid job, selected graduates will get the chance to help improve the future prospects of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The graduates from diverse study courses and also young professionals can apply until May 31. The goal of the programme is to attract leaders to the Slovak education system, and thus to start changing it, Naďa Kasalová of Teach for Slovakia informed the SITA newswire.

The first year, which began last September, included 13 participants who went through a tender and who currently work with children from environments with lacking stimuli, mostly in regions with lower living standards, e.g. in Plavecký Štvrtok, Huncovce or Nálepkovo.

“We have included in the programme young people who achieved exceptional success at school or in extra-curricular activities, and who want to change Slovakia for better,” founder of Teach for Slovakia, Stanislav Boledovič, said.

Current participants come from universities in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the UK, with their course of study being diverse – law, journalism, psychology, political science, technical studies or biology and even theology. “Personal involvement and passion are more important than the course of study – as well as the ability to cooperate with various communities, school managements, teachers and, last but not least, pupils and their parents,” Kasalová said.

The Teach for Slovakia initiative focuses on improving the education of children and increasing the number of leaders in society. It is part of the global initiative Teach for All which operates in more than 30 countries worldwide, while enhancing its impact. 

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