Frontlining Education – Exploring Teacher Quality during COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us LIVE on June 26th, 2021 from 12 PM to 3 PM

Teachers play a critical role in nation-building. They enable the next generation to shape a better future for themselves and for others. Teachers respond to far more demands than just the facilitation of learning. They cater to their students’ holistic needs, model certain behaviors, mindsets, and values, and provide socio-emotional support. They also have to fulfill their duties as members of the school community and the broader education system while looking after their own personal and professional needs. All these points to the overwhelming demands on a teacher within the education system.

COVID-19 has halted any momentum gained from years of effort to improve teacher quality, leaving the global education landscape drastically transformed. This new normal in education imposes even more demands for public school teachers, who already faced pre-pandemic challenges and barriers. Apart from compounding existing problems, the shift from face-to-face to distance learning requires teachers to adopt new technical skills and rapidly adapt tried-and-tested methods.

On 26 June 2021, Teach For Cambodia will co-host a virtual forum to present the study and findings of exploring teacher quality in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and the Philippines amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Drawing on this study, the event will address questions such as, “What qualities of teachers are necessary in times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic? And how to train, develop and support teachers to embody these qualities?” In partnership with Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For the Philippines, with the support of the Asian Development Bank, this event serves as a platform for policymakers, civil society organizations, education stakeholders to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of teachers in navigating the changing education landscape.