Fellowship Information

Answers to frequently asked questions

The Teach the Nation program is a 2 year full-time paid commitment in which we place the most outstanding leadership advocates graduates and professionals to South Africa under-serviced schools. Teach the Nation equip these promising leaders with the experience that affords them a window to the grassroots realities of the most marginalised schools and communities.

The two-year commitment is necessary to make the impact we wish to have on student achievement. In the first year, Fellows refine their teaching skills and establish respect and trust among various stakeholders within the school community and the students. This allows Fellows to achieve significant academic gains for students. In the second year, Fellows engage in their community projects to further their impact. During the two years, you will strive to transform the student, transform as a leader and transform your school and community

The hard realities many children in South Africa becomes victims of a perpetuated systemic injustice where their education attainment is determined by their place of birth and the wealth of their parents. Of 100 learners that start school, 50-60 will make it to matric, 40-50 will pass matric, and only 14 will go to university (Amnesty International). We believe in these children, we believe that they are great leaders to be of the nation, we believe in their dreams! You should join Teach The Nation because you share the same belief and you want a a more fulfilling purpose, one that you believe will transform you. A life purpose greater than yourself 

Yes. As a Teach The Nation Fellow, you are a part of a movement of young leaders working to eliminate educational inequity in South Africa. In addition, these are some benefits of being a Fellow:                                  1. Opportunity to be part of a movement that is changing lives and that will change society                                        2. Extensive leadership development training
                  3. Intensive teacher training
                                                4. Real responsibility from day one
                                    5. Opportunity to be a part of a global network of change agents from across 54 countries
                           6. Access to a Mentoring Program, offering a unique opportunity to achieve professional and personal development
                                                                          7. Access to professional development and network of supporters 
                                                                             8. Ongoing leadership development 
                                9. Opportunity to design and implement a social change project 
                                                                                  10. A humble stipend for two years including during the school holidays.

Teach The Nation will work relentlessly to ensure that all Fellows have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their students towards achievement. The Teach The Nation Fellowship begins with a six-week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to leadership tailored program, the beginning of a fulfilling unique growth Journey, curriculum and class management and a great opportunity to engage with other inspiring young leaders.

Yes. The summer institute is an integral part of Teach The Nation and it is a six week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation and student assessments among other modules, sessions and keys to successful teaching.

Teach The Nation fellows are placed in primary and secondary schools and will be required to teach subjects from the South African school school curriculum.

Teach The Nation first will be teaching in the Western Cape under-serviced schools mainly in Townships and Rural areas.

No, Teach The Nation places Fellows in schools that are under-served and under-resourced in low-income communities.

The Teach the Nation Fellowship is a paid Fellowship.

Joining Teach The Nation does not mean you will automatically have a teaching job.

Joining Teach The Nation does not mean you will automatically have a teaching job.

No. All our Fellows will come from backgrounds outside of Education. During our training programmes, we empower you with the necessary knowledge and skills to do well in the classroom.

No, you cannot choose your subject. The subject you will teach will be determined by the schools’ needs in diverse subject, mainly STEM

Our Fellows teach in low income schools. Under-serviced or under-resourced schools are schools that are facing academic challenges and/or are located in a community facing socio-economic challenges.

Teach The Nation partner schools are located in The Western Cape and have extended to 3 other provinces to include Durban and Gauteng. We are continuously scaling to other provinces. 

The recruitment of teachers to the TTN partner schools is done by the School Governing Body of the Schools. If you will like to continue teaching after the Fellowship, you will have to apply to the School Teaching opportunities during any of their recruitment cycle.

Teach the Nation does not provide accommodation for Fellows. However, accommodation is provided during the summer training institute which all prospective Fellows must attend.

Yes, the Teach The Nation Fellowship is a full-time position and will follow the South African School Calendar.

Teach The Nation Fellows receive support throughout the duration of their Fellowship. Our coaches will be available to guide Fellows to become effective teachers and leaders. There will be ongoing teacher training, mentoring and professional development for personal development.

Teach The Nation will provide the Fellows with a certificate of participation. In addition, Teach the Nation is working with universities to provide Fellows with a teaching qualification.

Teach The Nation strongly believes that teachers use the same skills as leaders in any field. Two years in the classroom will help Fellows develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills such as organisation, communication, problem-solving in an unstructured environment. These skills are valuable in any sector. These skills are necessary to make the change you want to see in the lives of many children and the most marginalised communities of South Africa.

Teach The Nation Fellows become Teach The Nation alumni and join our network of formidable leaders across over 54 countries around the world. Our Alumni are supported in their personal and professional interests towards further education or careers as they become influencers, visionaries, advocates, entrepreneurs and active participants in the education ecosystem.

1. Due to the volume of applications, we will not consider incomplete and late applications. We may also not be able to provide individual feedback based on the volume. 2. Your application content is strictly confidential. If you will like us to share with our partners, please indicate on the application. Upon acceptance into the Fellowship, individuals will sign a contract outlining the conditions which include: intent to fully commit to a two-year Fellowship.