The Teachers CAN Fellowship application period is now open through 2023. The high learning curve and intensity of the initial years of teaching are acknowledged by Teachers CAN.
We face the danger of losing more and more young teachers to the profession due to the lack of possibilities for peer support and connections, the undervaluation of teachers’ voices in the larger eco-system, and the restricted ability to influence how classrooms are managed on a daily basis. Teachers CAN works to alter how educators perceive themselves and their place in the educational system by helping educators build their individual and communal identities as systemic change agents.
The annual Teachers CAN fellowship focuses on 25 young teachers, based anywhere in South Africa, and
who are between the ages of 23 and 35.
The one-year programme will have the following components:
- Immersions – three workshops taking place during the March, June and September
holidays. The immersions will take place in a hybrid format with a combination of in-person
and online engagements.
- Peer learning – this is an opportunity for fellows to grow in their profession through sharing
experiences and collaborating towards achieving better outcomes.
- Network building – fellows will have an opportunity to engage with the wider network
through various platforms where they can put in to practise their learning and further
embed their identity as key role players in the eco-system.
All the components of the fellowship are aimed at helping young teachers develop a common
identity rooted in professionalism, creativity and disruption of the status quo. The fellowship seeks to
provide fellows with a stimulating and nurturing environment rooted in the belief that each one of them
has the potential to make a difference in the education system. Whilst the duration of the Teachers CAN
fellowship has been designed as a one-year programme, alumni will remain key anchors of the Teachers
- Between the ages of 23 – 35;
- Must hold a teaching qualification ( for example a 4-year B.Ed. degree/PGCE);
- Currently teaching in a South African school;
- Between 2 – 5 years teaching experience;
- Proven potential to become a change agent;
- Demonstrated desire to bring positive change in the South African schooling system.
A Teachers CAN fellow has the ability to work collaboratively within a diverse group and respect the views
and opinions of others; they are life-long learners who are passionate about growing in their profession
and they are committed to playing an influential role in the broader eco-system.
The application will close on December 15, 2022 at midnight.