EmpowerEd is an edtech platform that aims to educate, enrich and empower educators. The platform considers teachers as knowledge holders and experts and supports sharing and development of contextualized professional practices for pedagogy, leadership and wellbeing. The platform is based on ideas of problem solving, action research, decentralized training, collaboration, professional learning communities and teacher autonomy.
Access to quality education remains a wide scale issue across various contexts. A large part of national budgets is spent on teacher training and enrichment with mixed results. The current training programs are fundamentally based on external experts conducting one off teacher training, while the larger underlying systemic issues related to teacher disempowerment, demotivation, de-professionalization and lack of contextualization of the practices are overlooked. Additionally, the pandemic has disrupted existent forms of teacher support and training and simultaneously has posed new challenges for teachers.
EmpowerEd takes a positive approach to empowering and training teachers. It aims to:
Developing, designing and planning a pilot intervention across multiple contexts.
Piloting a social media based platform across multiple contexts, initially with a minimum of 50 teachers and later scaled to 500 teachers, in each context.