#BeKind21: Thank a Teacher

September 14, 2021
This story took place in United States

Today’s #BeKind21 message is from Pencils of Promise.

At Pencils of Promise, our mission is to provide access to quality education for all. Our Teacher Support program ensures teachers are supported and trained to create learning environments where students will be set up for success. The curriculum includes digital learning and social-emotional learning to create an engaging environment where children can feel safe, affirmed, and validated. 

The Ghana Teacher Prize is an annual celebration by the Ghanaian government of teachers and their contributions to educational development. Awards focused on “Teacher leadership in developing crisis education response.” Last fall, the Best Kindergarten Teacher award went to Ms. Felicia Ahotor from the Kpando Kpodzi E.P. Primary School in the Volta Region. An educator of over 17 years, she credits PoP’s school building as a factor in winning the award.

“It has helped to reduce absenteeism among the kids. First, they didn’t like coming to school because the old building was not attractive to them. But now, every day they are in school. In the new building, now we have displayed a lot of TLMs (Teaching and Learning Materials) in the classroom so that anytime the teacher is absent, the children can do individual learning.”

Your kindness challenge today: We’ve experienced firsthand the impact education and interactive teaching can have on a student’s life. A school building with access to resources and an engaging teacher can make all the difference. For today’s act of kindness, thank a teacher who has helped you learn, or pay it forward and teach someone something today. 

In Kindness.

Pencils of Promise

P.S. Invite someone to join the challenge: bornthisway.foundation/bekind21.