Teach Away is incredibly proud to officially announce an important new partnership with The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC).
AIELOC is an internationally-renowned organization devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.
From seemingly humble origins, AIELOC began in 2017 as an affinity group on Facebook, where one person dared to stand up for a colleague against a long-pervasive undertone of racism in the international teaching world.
The organization became an association in January 2020, when AIELOC became “open to all past, present, and future educators and leaders around the world who are committed to speaking up, learning, advocating for change, and taking action in addressing racism and discrimination in the international school ecosystem, amplifying the work of BIPOC, and researching topics of our own interest.”
At Teach Away, our teams are proud to stand by several core values we work hard to embody daily. These core values include “create change through education” and “embrace diversity” because we know that change, education, and a better world are born from diverse experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives.
As part of upholding these values each day, we continue to evaluate and reflect on our efforts thus far and further commit to doing more to support BIPOC communities in International Education.
While we’ve taken significant steps to articulate our commitment, accelerate actions that eliminate bias in our operations, and provide resources to our employees, partners, and clients in the DEIJ space, we recognize that there is always room to do more.
That’s why we’re so thrilled to partner with organizations such as AIELOC and share its important message and resources with our network.
At its core, AIELOC’s diversity, education and inclusion policy upholds beliefs that are shared with our team at Teach Away and consistent with those of the United Nations (UN) and other allied entities globally. According to the UN (2007), education can empower those who are marginalized or excluded from participating in communication, discussions, and decision-making.
Teach Away shares many of AIELOC’s other beliefs, including acknowledging that “diverse backgrounds and voices of our community represented in the collective make us stronger and better equipped to make a positive impact globally.”
We know our collective efforts can genuinely work to help reimagine and restructure international schools in ways that recognize the value of inclusive and diverse educators.
We are inspired by the opportunity to positively impact the DEIJ space through future collaboration with AIELOC and our platform of teachers and schools.
And we look forward to taking action with our new partner, continuing to do the work necessary to embrace diversity and create a world where every student experiences the power of a great teacher.