The Prime Minister has today, 14 October, recognised Anita Lowenstein Dent, from London, for her exceptional service founding ‘Teach2Teach International’, a charity which trains talented, but unemployed, young people living in deprived communities in Ghana to become excellent volunteer teachers in their own communities.
After travelling to northern Ghana, Anita saw the potential for creating an innovative training programme that could both transform educational opportunities for the region’s children, and provide opportunities for unemployed young people to develop skills and gain sustainable incomes. Working closely with Ghanaian NGO ‘Teach for Life’, ‘Teach2Teach International’ designed the Community Volunteer Teacher Programme which uses a cutting-edge educational methodology that achieves the same results in ten months that would normally take three years using traditional methods. The charity has since been awarded a grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), the Department for International Development’s fund supporting small British charities to respond to global challenges, such as improving girls’ education, tackling climate change, and promoting access to healthcare in the developing world.
Anita is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to Anita, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how ‘Teach2Teach International’ is training the teachers of the future, giving young people across Ghana the education they need to succeed in their own lives and communities.”
Baroness Sugg CBE, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DFID said:
“Anita Lowenstein Dent’s tireless commitment to train talented young people in Ghana to become teachers is making a big difference. I’m delighted her transformational work to help people find jobs and give children a quality education is being recognised with a Points of Light award.
“The Small Charities Challenge Fund makes it easier for small British charities like Teach2Teach International to access UK aid, helping them to improve lives in the poorest countries.”
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Teach2Teach International. T2T works in some of the worlds poorest communities where literacy and numeracy rates can be below 10% and unemployment runs at over 50%. By training talented by unemployed young people to be teachers of excellence in their local communities, we ensure that our teachers and their students better life opportunities. In short, we train teachers to teach and students to learn. The support of UK aid and the DFID SCCF grant is foundational to our work and it a partnership which we value enormously.”
Anita is the 1261st winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.
Small Charities Challenge Fund
The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) re-opened for applications on 5 September 2019. It is DFID’s first programme dedicated to working with very small British charities to help meet the UN Global Goals. The next review date for applications is 28 November 2019. To apply, and for more information, go to www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf