Commonwealth Endorsed Year of the Youth Competition Positively Affects Our Teachers

Recently, we were delighted to announce the results of our Commonwealth endorsed Year of the Youth competition. Our teachers at Teach2030 worked hard to enter this competition and help their students realise their potential. They began their journey by undertaking a a short course that provided the skills to encourage young people to proactively learn by themselves and collaborate. This relevant curricula and pedagogy should help young people throughout their entire life, preparing them for life and work, and only lead them to better economic opportunities, particularly in the job sector.

This week, we speak to our top 5 teachers to hear how the competition has not only affected their teaching, but also their students’ attitude to learning.


Khadija Ismael Suleiman, our winner from Kenya says:

Participating in the competition has truly been transformative for my students. Not only have they developed essential communication and collaboration skills since they worked as a team, but they’ve also gained a profound understanding of the importance of CPR as a first aid measure. Through their efforts to raise awareness within the community, they’ve become advocates for life-saving techniques, empowering themselves and others to respond effectively in emergencies. This experience has not only equipped them with practical skills but has also instilled a sense of responsibility and compassion, shaping them into proactive members of society. 

As a teacher, the Year of the Youth competition has really changed how I teach. Seeing my students get so involved in it has made me excited about teaching again. Watching them take part has helped me understand what they’re good at and what they need to work on. It’s also inspired me to do more activities where they can work together and learn from each other. Basically, the competition has made me want to be a better teacher and helped me see how awesome my students can be. 

Jacquelyn Ann Dexter, who has been living and teaching in India for the past 12 years entered with her colleague Dr. Garima Dongre Parashar with their Grade 9 students of Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives. They came third and states that:

The competition has really helped the students develop key processes for working in a group, such as deciding roles, keeping a log of tasks, how to listen effectively in a discussion. They have also learnt how to deliver their ‘final action’, bearing in mind its impact on the listener. They have learnt to tailor the message to the audience. 

In terms of group learning, I acted very much in the role of a facilitator. None of the lessons during the course of the project were conducted from the front of the class. I used the suggested techniques to pause the group work, and students became used to turning to the back of the class, or the side, to engage with me. The peer assessment part and model were very good and I was surprised at how effectively the groups listened to each other, marked each other and gave feedback. 

 Finally, Priyanka Randhawa, a teacher from India and our partnership with Helga Todd:

This activity left a huge impression on the students. They became more confident and responsible. They improved their speaking and writing skills; and also learnt the art of presentation wherein they learnt about voice modulation, stage presence and creative use of available resources. Above all, they learnt the value of teamwork. 

Thank you for such a great opportunity! It is because of Year of the Youth competition that I have started giving the roles to my students in every activity that they do. I have also learnt that children love to learn through activities and I am trying to incorporate as many activities in my teaching as possible. 

We are so proud of our teachers for entering our competition and creating such wonderful entries that demonstrate the learning from our Teach2030 course.

To donate to the Commonwealth Education Trust and transform the lives of more teachers, please click here.

Newsletter Form (#4)

Subscribe to our newsletter

Fill in your details to receive the latest news and updates from our fight to end learning poverty.