Teachers teaching teachers to teach
The RATA Teacher Support is a group of trained New Zealand teachers committed
to encourage, equip and inspire untrained teachers in developing countries, so that
they can confidently teach children entrusted to them with excellence,
professionalism and passion.
Our vision is to teach untrained teachers who are teaching children in classrooms of the world how to run an effective classroom, how to teach numeracy and literacy. We want children to be educated so they can break the poverty cycle. We are training their teachers. If you are inspired to join us on this life changing adventure please follow the application process below. You are welcome to speak with any RATA teacher who has gone before to get a feel of what you will do and how a RATA trip will forever change your world view and even your teaching practice back here in New Zealand.
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If you want to join us on a RATA trip, we would love you to enquire more and apply with us online. One of our Directors or Dr Cheryl Doig will give you and a reference a phone call. Then we would like to meet with you face to face if at all possible before we together commit to a RATA project. Again if possible we would ask you to come to the Annual Conference in April Read More
Books for Ghana
|Three schools in a poor area of the capital city of Ghana, with over 600 students, and only a handful of books for them to read. How can children discover their world, how they become inquisitive, learn language skills, be competent readers- with no books?
When the children beg you, plead with you to give them books, any books, what are you to do?
Well, RATA with the help of Mainfreight New Zealand, collected and gathered books from all around our country (13 pallets of them!) and we freighted them over to Ghana.
It took over a year, but now those three schools all have libraries, all have access to books, and they are so excited. We call this a ‘Ripple of RATA”- just one of those things we have done, because we know it will change those children’s lives and make their schooling so much more meaningful.
|We began new work in Ghana, working alongside three schools filled with students eager to learn and with little or no resources and limited trained teachers. One school is constructed of wooden planks with gaping holes. Children sit five to a table sharing a book.
|We took a team of four people from New Zealand and worked in the foothills of the Himalayas with teachers from six schools under the umbrella of one organization. These schools are in mountain villages where some children have to walk 3 hours a day to attend.