Teachers CAN Fellowship 2022

Teachers CAN is a network led by young, transformational teachers that harnesses teacher enthusiasm to help students achieve their greatest potential.

Teachers CAN aspire to expand this network by implementing the following strategies:

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  • Bringing together young educators
  • Increasing their influence
  • Increasing the volume of their voices

The mission of CAN is to fight for an environment in which young teachers are acknowledged as important members of the educational ecosystem.

The Teachers CAN Manifesto, which unites young teachers around five basic ideals, lies at the heart of our mission. Teachers are able to:

  • Encourage students to achieve their full potential in all parts of their lives.
  • In schools, engage as equals and for equality.
  • Innovate and take ownership of school-wide teaching methods.
  • Participate actively in school structures.
  • Join a larger movement for social change.

The high learning curve and intensity of the first years of teaching are recognized by Teachers CAN.

When you add in the lack of peer support and connections, the undervaluing of teachers’ voices in the broader ecosystem, and the restricted ability to affect the day-to-day operations of classrooms, you have a recipe for a growing number of young teachers leaving the field.

To address this, we are working to build new ways for us to see ourselves and our role in the educational system, as well as our individual and communal identities as change agents.

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The annual Teachers CAN fellowship is for 25 young teachers between the ages of 23 and 35 who are based anywhere in South Africa.

The following elements will be included in the one-year program:

  • Immersions — three workshops held over the months of March, June, and September. The immersions will be conducted in a hybrid manner, combining in-person and online interactions.
  • Peer learning – this is an opportunity for fellows to advance in their careers by sharing their experiences and working together to achieve better results.
  • Building a network – fellows will have the chance to engage with the larger network through a variety of channels, allowing them to put their learning into practice and solidify their identity as vital actors in the eco-system.


  • When you’re between the ages of 23 and 35, you’re in the prime of your life.
  • A minimum of a four-year B.Ed./PGCE is required.
  • I am currently employed as a teacher at a South African school.
  • 2 to 5 years of teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to be a change agent
  • Demonstrated determination to transform the South African educational system for the better.

A Teachers CAN fellow is a life-long learner who is passionate about growing in their profession and committed to playing an influential role in the broader ecosystem.

They can work collaboratively within a diverse group while respecting the views and opinions of others; they are life-long learners who are passionate about growing in their profession, and they are committed to playing an influential role in the broader ecosystem.

The fellowship’s various components are all geared at assisting young teachers in developing a shared identity based on professionalism, innovation, and status quo challenges.

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The fellowship aims to provide a dynamic and nurturing atmosphere for fellows, based on the premise that each of them has the power to change the educational system.

Despite the fact that the Teachers CAN fellowship is just for a year, alumni will continue to be important members of our network.

Applications open: 29 November 2021
Applications close: 17 January 2022

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Teachers CAN Fellowship 2022

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