GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share

Varkey Foundation Challenge Fund includes grant to help train every UK teacher to support pupils with mental health problems 

Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2017:  A project to provide every UK teacher with a grounding in understanding mental health issues so they can spot problems early and help troubled pupils is one of four programmes to be awarded a share of a US $200,000 fund announced today at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) 2017.

The awards under the Varkey Foundation Challenge Fund – which aims to support education projects that have the potential to achieve significant lasting impact – also include grants for programmes in Uganda, Slovakia and the Middle East.

The award to Invincible Me, a UK children's mental health charity, comes after a survey published in January 2017 by the Department for Education found fewer than two in five teachers believed they could get help for pupils' mental health problems.  

One in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their lives, with mental illness often starting in childhood.

The Challenge Fund award will support the design and implementation of personal and professional development resources to help teachers work more effectively with the children in their care.  It will help them increase their skills and ability to support children with complex emotional needs, help pupils build up their own resilience and also fund tools and techniques to manage teachers' own wellbeing.

The other projects receiving grants are:

  • Teach for Uganda, which recruits promising university graduates to teach in under-served communities and schools in Kamira in Luwero District, central Uganda, which will benefit an estimated 4,500 students beginning in the 2018 academic year;
  • Komensky institute (Slovakia), to help establish a teacher training programme that encourages independent thought, creativity, and seeks to inspire a society which uses critical reflection and create an inspirational space for pedagogical leaders of Slovakia;
  • National Teacher Prizes in the Arab World and Eastern Europe, a grant to the Arab Campaign for the Education of All (ACEA), led by the Teacher Creativity Center, to help pilot National Teacher Prizes in 15 Middle Eastern and East European countries (Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, Sudan, Mauritania, Georgia, Albania and Armenia).

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, said:

“The aim of the Challenge Fund is to support innovative early-stage programmes which have the potential for far-reaching impact and scaleability.

“The projects receiving funding are deserving recipients and support the Varkey Foundation's vision for every child to have the right to a stimulating learning environment and a great teacher that supports their full potential.”

Amy Shocker, Executive Director of Invincible Me, said: 

“We are so grateful to the Varkey Foundation for this award, which will enable Invincible Me to start on what we hope will be a long and meaningful journey working with teachers and schools to bring about a profound transformation in the way we support children's mental health. 

“I can't imagine being a teacher today and not having any understanding of common mental health issues. Teachers today cannot just walk into their classroom and teach their lessons; they need to do what they can to ensure their students are in an optimal position to learn, and that means addressing their wellbeing on an ongoing basis.”

The grants will be implemented from April for a maximum of one year.  This is the second tranche of awards under the fund, after four projects received a share of US $200,000 last year.

As well as receiving funding from the Varkey Foundation, some of the 2016 and 2017 grantees under the Challenge Fund will be participating in a ‘Dragons' Den-style' event at GESF by making face-to-face funding ‘pitches' to potential investors.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 8814 times
Posted on : Sunday, March 19, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : HE Sheikh Nahyan highlights UAE's Experience in Building Global Citizenship at Fifth GESF
Next Story : Thomas Friedman bats for ‘Old Values' in Education
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Fresh Hair in an Instant with SHOW Beauty
Amadeo® Fleurier 39 “Fan”
Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 from The Little Birdy Group
Show/Pop-up Event “Pret-A-Cover™ Buyers Lane” to Be Launched in Dubai From March...
Moreish Café in Dubai introduces a healthy Quinoa Burrito
True Colours
Robinsons Honored for Outstanding Store Design
Splash receives 2 awards
UAE Team Emirates' Mirza Takes Gold at Asian Cycling Championships
Phenomenal development in falconry racing from small beginnings: HHC Deputy CEO
WGS 2018: Opening Session Highlights Importance of Embracing Smart Living to Enh...
RAK Hospital launches the biggest weight-loss challenge in association with MoHA...
2XL launches Malmo Bed with floral designs for a vintage shabby chic inspired ma...
Food Lovers Rejoice: Dubai Food Festival Is Back This Month
Bridal Glow is Skin Deep: Tips for every bride-to-be in 2018
Mealtop, Introducing a Whole New Dessert Experience
Optim-Eyes Lashes & Brows with Filorga
Al Ahli Holding Group to redefine the UAE value shopping category through an AED...
NEZO launches new identity to guide consumers in selecting the best salt for the...
Safilo Group Reveals Its Spring/ Summer 2018 Collection
WGS 2018: Governments Need to Prioritize Wellbeing of Citizens, Say Internationa...
Redefining the Skin Clinic Experience. #allnewkaya opens in Muscat City Centre!
The new BMW HP4 RACE arrives at Abu Dhabi Motors – one of just 750 built
The Robots Are Coming: Ministry of Finance Brings Artificial Intelligence to Dub...
Leading Scientists, Astronauts Share Insights on why Space Exploration Matters a...
Kate Spade New York Spring 2018 Collection
New Report from Accenture and the World Government Summit Finds That Regulators ...
ADNOC Schools Team Wins Etihad Artificial Intelligence Competition
Garbiñe Muguruza Hungry for Success at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
First Ever UAE Race Car Fitted with Immensa 3D Printed Parts
Global Expansion in sight for ICONS© Coffee Couture
WGS 2018: Innovation to Propel Dubai into the Next Century
WGS 2018: Governments of the Future Must Work Smartly with Innovation and Technology
Catch Some Zzz's in the IKEA Nap Truck
Dubai Electronic Security Center Receives Overwhelming Interest From Regional an...
Turkish Airlines has announced its 2018 January passenger and cargo traffic results.
Global energy shifts set to transform the Middle East energy sector
Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Dubai Airports' new Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) a 'world first'
Al Ghurair Foundation for Education Event on ‘Graduating Work Ready Youth' Unvei...
Dual Investments Brand LE66 to Relocate from City Walk to New Dubai Location in 2018
WGS 2018: Global Policy Platform Panel Considers Supporting Female Entrepreneurs...
Do You Feel Sleep Deprived? Nearly Half of UAE Would Give Up Social Media for an...
WGS 2018: Renowned Innovation Expert Fast Forwards Time to Showcase Glimpse of t...
South African artisans of fine leather products look to make big impression at L...
Former Indian Space Chief Presents Country as a Global Low-Cost Provider of Sate...
WGS 2018: For the Future of Mankind, Mars is the Next Frontier, Says Renowned Ar...
15,000 participate in the Dubai Cares' annual Walk for Education 2018 in support...
Ground-breaking cellular therapy set to revolutionise treatment for children wit...
DAMAC Properties deliveries surpass 20,000 unit milestone as it reports net prof...