Teachers Without Borders was founded in order to offer service to any area of the world, and to give resources teachers to help to strengthen the quality of education offered within any geographical location. No matter where in the world teachers are located, the help which is available to solve problems and to strengthen strategical planning is part and parcel of why Teachers Without Borders was formed. Knowledge shared increases possibilities, and the brainchild of Dr. Fred Mednick came about because there was a need for liaison between resources and the world teaching population of just under 600 million teachers.
The benefits to teachers of using these resources is that it offers services not otherwise provided which know no boundaries and not geographically biased. Teachers Without Boundaries understood that while Education is unevenly distributed in the world, intelligence is not.
It was indeed this knowledge which gave strength to the idea of sharing of educational tools and resources to help even the balance between countries, and to aid the teaching profession. The difference between local authority or government legislation for education and the work of Teachers Without Borders is that the latter take away the element of restriction and do not dictate the manner in which things are done. What they do is gather information and share it to the betterment of educational practice worldwide.
The quality of people’s lives depends upon their education. Teachers Without Borders takes the human element and works as a collaboration to try and improve teacher approach, and to provide solutions which can be used even in emergency situations, or address culturally based problems with wider perspective.
It also provides an on-line network of teachers who are able to qualify by taking the Certificate of Teaching Mastery (CTM), a course designed to open up possibilities and approach by teachers to worldwide teaching practice, method and approach. Just as Medicins sans Frontiers works hand in hand with people all over the world who have medical needs, the Teachers Without Borders works quietly in the background to help worldwide teaching needs to be able to share resources and to find solutions.
The website of Teachers Without Borders offers teachers the opportunity to take courses which have been written by other educators and which cover such things as emergency teaching practices. Becoming a member of the site gives such a wealth of opportunity to teachers, both qualified and non qualified, since the coursework available is diverse and covers many areas of education with a worldwide opportunity to choose those courses relevant to whichever part of the world, ideology or issue a teacher wishes to become involved in.
Signing up is relatively easy and the amount of information doesn’t overwhelm the teacher looking for solutions. From basic literary skills to health issues worldwide, the coursework encompasses the positive approach to building a new school or to help teachers to develop skills needed for each specific case. These include special needs, information technology, earthquake education and many other resources vital to worldwide education.
Teachers Without Borders also offers teachers the opportunity to share their knowledge in creating coursework designed to help other teachers in their development. It goes beyond boundaries by offering these courses presented in many languages with clear syllabus notes for teachers to get a feel for the course and to decide if this is relevant to their educational needs, touching on subjects as diverse as anthropology of war and peace. These offer a wider understanding to teachers worldwide in an attempt to provide better informed education. One of the courses on offer is very useful for teachers who face the difficulties of reaching children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Each of the courses is tailored to help teachers to develop and hone their skills and understanding.
The clear guidelines of course presentation and purpose help teachers to present coursework based not on bias, but on being able to provide equal educational facilities to classrooms worldwide. In fact there is a clear distinction made between setting up ideas through mutual agreement of principles and setting up coursework which disregards whether the principles are agreed upon, meaning that a universally acceptable system of increasing awareness is the intended end result.
Other courses provided by Teachers Without Borders help teachers to develop styles of teaching which are well organized and which introduce lesson plans which work in co-operation with students to make the classroom more effective and the education of students more interesting and encourage students to be aware of their own learning process.
The work being done by Teachers Without Borders is an ongoing process and one which teachers can add to by creating courses, as well as learning from established ones. It’s a resource for teachers and a worldwide one which offers opportunities, as well as addressing those areas of education which traditional regional methods cannot address with such a wide approach, simply because of the geographical limitations. Take away the limitations, and the borders become open, and the resources immense.
This is the ongoing work of Teachers Without Borders and work which helps to sustain educational approach and standards, understanding and open mindedness needed by teachers worldwide, in order to offer the “best shared intelligence” possible in the worldwide teaching community. This is what Teachers Without Borders offers, and what teachers gain from their interaction with them is backup, support and a way forward in an educational journey that knows no boundaries nor prejudice.