Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) has extended its partnership with global not-for-profit organisation Teach For All in Asia Pacific, to Bangladesh and Malaysia, helping to boost educational opportunities and employability within the two countries.
The move brings the total number of country partnerships between DPDHL and Teach For All partners to 10, with a total of four in Asia Pacific.
Christof Ehrhart, executive vice president, corporate communications and responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “A strong economy and successful society has at its root an educational system that helps all citizens, whatever their background, get jobs and prosper. This is why DPDHL has for the past five years supported the global NGO, Teach For All and we now support them and their network partners in 10 countries Ì¶ Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Germany, India, Peru, Philippines, Ecuador, Spain and Malaysia. In Asia Pacific, we were delighted to kick off the partnership in Bangladesh and Malaysia this year, so the programme has the resources and support to reach out to even more young people through education and training.”
Under these new partnerships, DPDHL will employ its competence in logistics and business to support Teach For Bangladesh and Teach For Malaysia’s goals to promote educational opportunities and employability. Along with providing financial support, this partnership will also see DHL employees in Bangladesh and Malaysia volunteering to support teachers, who will in turn impact students in the countries.
Maimuna Ahmad, founder and CEO of Teach For Bangladesh, said: “Teach For Bangladesh is working to address one the most fundamental challenges facing Bangladesh today: inequity in education. The leadership of our Fellows and alumni, with crucial support from our partners in the public and private sectors, will bring the systemic changes we need in order to ensure quality education for all children. DPDHL, one of Teach For AlI’s largest sponsors, has proven their deep commitment to the same values of equity and inclusion, through their global partnership with Teach For All. We are thrilled to count them among the supporters of Teach For Bangladesh.”
Teach For Bangladesh, an independent local organisation part of the global Teach For All network was founded in 2012 to enlist highly-educated and promising Bangladeshi graduates and young professionals to a unique leadership development program, where they work full-time for two years as teachers in schools that serve underprivileged students. Along with providing financial support, this partnership will also see DHL employees in Bangladesh volunteering to support 35 Teach For Bangladesh teachers, known as Fellows, who will in turn impact nearly 4,000 students across 12 primary schools in Dhaka.
Teach For Malaysia has been enlisting Malaysia’s most promising future leaders to join its mission to end education inequity since 2010. During the two-year Fellowship, teachers or Fellows are placed in high-need schools to directly impact the lives of students. After which, they continue to drive education transformation within and beyond the classroom as part of the Alumni movement. As one of the first engagements between the local teams, earlier this year DHL shipped over 50 boxes of personal belongings to help Fellows relocate to East Malaysia and get to work as soon as possible. By doing so they contributed to Teach For Malaysia’s aim to impact over 5000 students in the state of Sarawak.
Dzameer Dzulkifli, co-founder and managing director of Teach For Malaysia, said, “We are excited that DPDHL and Teach For All have extended their global partnership to Malaysia. We are looking forward to working with them to further expand our impact. Together, we are exploring a range of possibilities that will help all children in Malaysia have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”