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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Education, International, International Development

Mission: We believe that educational programs that emphasize critical real world problem-solving skills are powerful drivers of positive change. We are committed to delivering these programs to empower teachers and students in the world’s poorest communities, setting in motion cycles of positive change to resolve the underlying causes of poverty and injustice.

Results: Our programs and services have impacted over 5,150 teachers and 337,000 students in six countries. Working with teachers and students to become leaders and changemakers, we are able to achieve a generational shift attitudes, beliefs, educational outcomes, and community well-being. We address issues such as gender justice and equity, economic and social potential through digital literacy and 21st century learning skills, conflict resolution, and community health and well-being.

Target demographics: teachers and students to become effective changemakers and leaders

Direct beneficiaries per year: For the current year 2016, ConnecTeach has served over 429 teachers and 43,146 students. Since our beginning in 2012, we have served over 5,000 teachers and 337,000 students through our workshops, online modules, resources, and student development initiatives.

Geographic areas served: the world's poorest communities

Programs: workshops, online courses, teacher-created resources, distance mentoring, and forums to address issues related to education as the driver of change

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach stands for everything that made me want to become an educator. Founder Bhavani Parpia recognizes that education is the key to solving every single one of the challenges in the world today. Poverty, hunger, disease, violence- you name it. Every sustainable solution to every imaginable challenge must be centered around educating and empowering people. What I love most about ConnecTeach is that all partners are treated with dignity and humanity. CT does not approach a project with the mindset of how Americans can help people in other parts of the world, as some organizations do. Rather, they seek to collaborate and form lasting partnerships that empower educators and students to become change agents in their own communities, and in the global community. There is no "us" and "them" mentality, to which many well-meaning organizations can unintentionally fall prey. This is what sets ConnecTeach apart, and what will ensure that its impact will be seen and felt for several generations. Volunteering with this incredible organization transformed me as a teacher, as a global citizen, and as a human being. In the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to facilitate a training for preservice teachers at a Teachers' College in Uganda. During that workshop, the teacher trainees engaged in discussions about real issues in their community, and how they could use their role as educators to create meaningful, positive change. They tackled issues such as gender inequality, violence in schools, and generational poverty, and developed their own action plans for how to address these problems as educators and community leaders. Those 300+ teachers will each influence thousands of educators over the course of their careers, and each one left the workshop with a toolkit of resources to start creating real, sustainable change in their schools and communities. The recognition of an educator's viral influence is genius, and what makes ConnecTeach an invaluable partner in the global community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach is a great organization! Their work in Uganda is impactful and inspirational. They give opportunities to countless children through educational efforts that are sustainable.
I'm proud to be a supporter of ConnecTeach!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the executive director of a nonprofit working with international educational programs, I am impressed with the philosophy, goals, and projects of ConnecTeach. Identifying professional development needs in poor and underdeveloped communities and providing teacher training in these areas are the most effective ways of providing both teachers and students with a quality education. Differentiated instruction through inquiry-based learning and performance based assessments produces well rounded, successful students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach is a great organization that has worked with many schools around the world to train teachers and spread the word of education and its influence on young minds. I had the privilege of working with Bhavani as my mentor, colleague and coordinator for our world language program at HEB ISD. Her leadership and training has helped all the people around her. One of the best thing about ConnecTeach is that it is an organization founded by teachers , supported by teachers and addresses the needs of teachers globally in urban slums and rural communities.

Amy M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach is a wonderful organization that consistently does important work around the world to help people from marginalized communities find their voices through education. I have worked with ConnecTeach in a number of capacities but I'm especially grateful for the work that they did with our North Texas high school students. Last school year, they provided three leadership trainings for students to discuss difficult topics such as conflict, gender, and environment. ConnecTeach empowered these young leaders to explore how these issues affect our communities in DFW and gave them tools advocate for positive change. I'm so grateful for the important work that ConnecTeach does in North Texas and around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this nonprofit group when it was just a dream. About one hour after meeting Bhavani Parpia in 2006, I already knew that someday she planned to create a nonprofit organization with the sole purpose of helping teachers and students in countries where educational support was often lacking or even non existent. Her passion to find a way to help others became a reality through ConnecTeach due to her diligence and persistence. I feel like a proud godmother because I watched her tireless efforts every step of the way. I remember telling her long ago that I planned to come to Oslo someday to watch her receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her unselfish efforts to improve education, especially for girls, around the world in impoverished areas. ConnecTeach is the real deal, an organization with a founder, staff, and supporters who genuinely believe in making a positive mark on the world one teacher and one student at a time.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to support the mission and vision of ConnecTeach! This organization reaches across borders and oceans to help students escape their current situation through education. Without ConnecTeach, many of these students would never learn to read and write, and these are the communication tools that we in the USA take for granted every day. it is my honor to not only validate the work they do, but to sing their praises. My hope is that the people behind ConnecTeach never, ever give up! Carry on, ConnecTeach!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with ConnecTeach for a brief time, but the research I have done to help has opened my eyes to to stark reality of the situation females around the world are in when it comes to education. I have helped to find information on potential grants, as well as compiling relevant policies in Uganda and India which specifically oppress women and hinder education for girls. Bhavani's unique compassion and determination to improve the lives of women around the world is exemplary, and the opportunities she has already brought to students in Uganda through ConnecTeach are invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of ConnecTeach from colleagues at Boston University in 2015. Some time later, I looked at the ConnecTeach web site, paying particular attention to the Mission Statement, and also the background of the founders. The proven dedication, integrity, and professionalism of this NGO impressed me enormously, and I decided to apply to volunteer.
My first assignment was to write an on-line Teacher training course to be used in India and Uganda. This task involved my collaborating with Bhavani and Amy weekly for 5 months. Our discussions involved checking progress, brainstorming ideas, and also sharing thoughts on questions of ethics, cultural appropriacy, and other pertinent issues.
Last month, I had the great pleasure of going to Dallas and meeting with Bhavani and Amy. It is inspiring to meet such wonderful people, working selflessly and passionately to bring accessible training programs and leadership skills to impoverished communities.
The authenticity, sincerity, and dedication of the staff of ConnecTeach is apparent in the wonderful work they are doing. I have had experience with various non-profits over the years, and have found ConnecTeach to be the best model.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In this age of development, it was stunning for me to learn that countless children around the world are being denied an education due to their gender, economic status, or they are living in a war torn country. According to UNICEF data, the number of illiterate youths (ages 15-24) is at 115 million, with the most concentrated in the least developed countries and 59% of the illiterate youths being women. Around the world, 91% of youths are literate, but is simply having the ability to read and write equate to education? Learning to read and write is necessary, but should not the goal be bigger than that? In teaching children to simply absorb information and repeat, what will they gain? It is the application, the practice, and the understanding of the “why” and “how” that makes information important. Critical thinking skills are the key to solving the world's problems; understanding that if children are taught how to think, rather than what to think, is imperative. By doing this, they will gain the skills necessary to improve our communities, countries, and the world. However, if we leave children educationally handicapped, they will not be able to contribute to society, and the issues of poverty, pollution, and violence will continue. This is especially true in regions of the world that are at the highest disadvantage. Providing food aid or money to these regions is simple, but without eliminating the cause of the problems, we are just treating the symptoms rather than attacking the disease.
ConnecTeach is making an effort to treat this disease. By partnering with schools in underprivileged communities, students are learning critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as learning what they can do to help their community. I was able to do my part by talking to students who were sharing their thoughts on the discussion boards in response to these lessons. In the brief time I spent reading and commenting on the students’ discussion posts, it became clear how a few skills and encouragement can give a student the motivation to address problems in their community and take initiative to generate improvements. For example, one student expressed how she made an effort to discourage her uncle from putting his son to work and rather, send him to school. She explained to him that an education was key to his son’s future and by putting him to work, he was depriving his son of the ability to build an improved life for himself. Her belief in the value of education and, additionally, her drive to bring that realization to her uncle, was exciting. With students like her learning how to reason, finding solutions, and implementing what they already know within their own community, it is obvious that a higher education gives a student the ability to change the world. Although this is just one response and one story, if we multiply the access to this kind of education the impact will be clear.
Though my contribution to these students seems small, I was able to encourage and praise students who were putting in great effort despite the challenges they face. My role in ConnecTeach did not require me to put my life on hold, give up my life savings, or put in much commitment. ConnecTeach is one of many organizations committed to promoting education in an effort to cure one of the diseases of the world, but they require support. If we all create or recognize roles for ourselves, no matter how big or small, the solution will come about more effectively. It is purely a matter of taking responsibility for the future and realizing that, regardless of the conflicts around the world, we will win or lose together.
Empowering children through education and critical thinking skills is the cure to the diseases that are plaguing our world. We all should be remembered for providing the solutions, rather than the problems. Therefore, it is necessary for government officials, students, CEOs, teachers, scientists, parents, and anyone who values the future of their country or their world, to support education, wherever they are and especially in the places that are the most burdened. While the inequalities of the world may not directly affect you or do not seem prevalent in your country, that does not indicate their absence around the world. There are still people living without clean water, sleeping with empty stomachs, and suffering from treatable diseases and the solution to all of these inequalities is EDUCATION.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the beginning, ConnecTeach has had a clear vision of how education can be used as a vehicle for change, with teachers and students leading the charge for a more peaceful and equitable world. In the workshops, Bhavani and her team are able to get participants to realize their full potential and to confront the barriers to progress they see in their own communities.

I have seen students gain the courage to speak out against child marriage and domestic violence and gain the strength to continue on the path of being community changemakers. I have heard teachers raise their voices to speak out against substance abuse and corruption and find the energy to continue to raise the bar of expectations for themselves, their students, and their community.

ConnecTeach also leads local discussions in the US with teachers and students, so that they, too, can see education as more than a means to an economic end. One of my students said, "Before (the ConnecTeach event), I did not see the link between education and peace, and now it's completely clear!"

ConnecTeach is an idea whose time has been long overdue. If you want to see the real transformational power of education, support ConnecTeach!!!

Client Served

Rating: 4

ConnecTeach has been doing workshops for our teachers for last 4 years. It has helped our teachers a lot and are equipped with better techniques to handle any classroom situation. CT team has a very practical approach and a good follow up mechanism. We are school based out of North India catering to underprivileged kids. For more details on us please log on to www.omfoundation.in

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach is a valued partner for our school. Presentations to our students open their eyes and hearts to the experiences of students across the globe. As an independent school hosting many speakers and organizations through our Speakers Series, ConnecTeach was one of three organizations having the greatest impact on our students. This very week our students are enthusiastically planning and implementing a project to support the work of ConnecTeach. ConnecTeach never asks for financial support. Our students are motivated to take action to help students have better schools and teachers through ConnecTeach.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach facilitated a Teacher Development initiative at our college Walugogo in Uganda. My student teacher trainees used the strategies they learnt in the workshop to handle their classes during their final school experience. They did a great job. And will score highly. Their professional journeys will never be the same. Thank you ConnecTeach for impacting these young people.

Donor

Rating: 5

ConnecTeach has gone from vision to reality in 5 short years. In that short time, this dedictated group has improved the lives of literally hundreds of children by providing practical training and support to teachers in impoverished schools around the globe. It has been amazing to see the impact of this small organization thanks to the dedication of its leaders. ConnecTeach shares the passion for teaching and learning every day and gives children the chance of a brighter future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an educator in a globally ranked college preparatory I am continually astonished at the positive far-reaching implications Connecteach brings to both our students and those in the poorest cities of the world. I have personally witnessed the development and contribution of educators travelling to globally underserved communities and the real-world applications of well-resourced students acting as educational change-agents in another country. When you have the good fortune to stumble across an organization fighting poverty and injustice via education with integrity and determination, you want everyone to get involved. This is my challenge to you… support Connecteach with all you have. Our collective future depends on our ability to unite educators and students across the globe and Connecteach is the perfect medium!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Connecteach is a non-profit organisation has partnered with us for more than four years. They have trained our teachers both on-site and through online modules. Our teachers have been greatly benefited through these training. Last year through Dell support they have trained our teachers with PBL based learning, classroom management, language training through connect into English etc., Personally I have been benefited hugely through these training sessions. They have empowered our teachers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I appreciate so much what ConnecTeach does around the world. It is easy for American teachers to take professional development for granted. There is an abundance of it available to us. However, many teachers around the world don't have that luxury. That's where ConnecTeach comes in.

When I first heard about ConnecTeach, I hoped they would let me help. Thankfully they did! Bhavani and Amy have been incredible to work with. I joined them in creating online modules, such as "Classroom Management," that have a major impact on student learning. I also had the pleasure of co-facilitating an online course for teachers in India. Interacting with these teachers via the discussion board was invigorating and inspiring for me (and I hope them as well). Both have valued my time as a volunteer and are quick to let me know it.

My next step volunteering with ConnecTeach is to participate in an onsite training session. Knowing the quality of work ConnecTeach provides, I expect it will be professionally and life changing for me, just as it is for the international teachers with whom we will work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a joy to build a relationship with ConnecTeach as I have helped to create modules for other teachers to learn about teaching skills in other countries. They are providing a service to teachers that may not otherwise get these types of services that are invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 4

It was a very meaningful experience working with the Connecteach. We really enjoyed the training's learning different levels of learning and gained much clarity. We greatly appreciate your support. We able to see positive changes in the lives of children.Thank you very much for your training's it made a real difference in lives of the kids we serve. Once again thank you for enriching our understanding levels of learning.
Best wishes,
CA HOPE foundation Study Center-Hyd