#AtoZChallenge: A is for…Afghanistan and Australia!


Click here for full details about the A to Z Blogging Challenge—and then grab your suitcase because this month, Teachers Media International embarks on an educational 26-day world tour.

An education boom in Afghanistan

Enrolment in Afghan schools has boomed in the last decade, with the number of students jumping from four to eight million between 2003 and 2013. While this is good news for the children of Afghanistan, this education expansion has put a strain on a system that is still impacted by war and drought.

Overcrowded classrooms, dilapidated buildings, and a lack of quality resources and qualified teachers are still relevant issues in Afghanistan, but a recent teacher training initiative by the Afghan Ministry of Education is hoping to combat at least one of these challenges—by 2020, more than 100,000 new teachers will be professionally trained.

Efforts remain limited, but the government of Afghanistan has shown a commitment to rehabilitating the education system by continuing to increase its financial support over the past few years. Positive steps, indeed!

To help students around the world better relate to the challenges facing youth in Afghanistan, Teachers Media International has created a number of video resources, including this 3-minute lesson starter, Delivering Aid in Afghanistan.

This short video demonstrates how war and drought can affect food distribution in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul. The questions at the end of the video are intended to stimulate classroom discussion about global citizenship.

Fast Facts About Education in Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan has one of the youngest populations in the world—approximately 41% of the population is under the age of 14.
  • As of August 2015, the Afghanistan Ministry of Education estimates there are 8.4 million students enrolled in primary and secondary schools.
  • Afghanistan has the highest level of gender disparity in primary education in the world—roughly 39% girls for every 100 boys.
  • More than half of the classrooms in Afghanistan are held in make-shift schools such as tents, mosques, or private homes.

Excellence in Teaching Demonstrated in Australia

As a company that showcases best practice teaching from around the world, we’d be remiss in not mentioning the good work being done by Australian educator, Richard Johnson, a 2015 Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize.

Among numerous educational achievements, Johnson was instrumental in setting up Australia’s first school science lab specifically for young children. Students use technology—such as 3D printers— to engage with augmented reality resources and work together on projects such as robotics. Cool, right? Take a look at his inspiring video:

Teachers Media International is proud to work with another inspiring educator from Down Under—Paul Kearney. Kearney is responsible for designing and managing Australia’s first student program that directly links the development of enterprising attributes with all parts of the curriculum.

To see a video of Kearney speaking to a group of teachers about the importance of enterprising education, register for Teachers Media International and gain instant access to best-practice resources from around the world.

Join us tomorrow for the letter “B”—and don’t forget to check out the rest of the blogs taking part in the A to Z Challenge!

~ The Teachers Media Team

A to Z Challenge: The blogging kicks off tomorrow!


As a global provider of professional learning solutions for the education sector, Teachers Media International is proud to partner with innovative educators from around the world.

For the A to Z Blogging Challenge this month, we’re excited to showcase some of this amazing work, from shared best-practice videos and articles, through to tips and strategies for implementing new ideas in your classroom—and so much more.

A2Z-BADGE_[2016]We’ll be blogging every day throughout April—except Sundays—and we hope to see you here, starting tomorrow! Be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss a post. We look forward to your comments and thoughts as we travel the globe together—from Afghanistan and Australia through to Zimbabwe.

For full details about the A to Z Blogging Challenge, click here. And then grab your suitcase, because we’re about to embark on an educational 26-day world tour!

~ The Teachers Media Team