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Why Teaching is Management

Many scholars have defined teaching as the process of “imparting” knowledge. I want to go with Mark Smith’s 2016 definition, in their group’s article- definition of teaching. Teaching is the process of attending to people’s needs, experiences and feelings and intervening so that they learn particular things and go beyond the given expectations.

I want to delve into what other people have also defined management as. Indeed editorial team 2021 defines management as the administration and coordination of tasks to achieve a goal. Moreover, there are conventional additives to management like planning, organizing, directing, and controlling in order to tap into the physical, financial, human, and informational resources.

In view of these, teaching qualifies as the most honourable and ideal practice and administration of management where teachers are always planning for various learning activities, experiences, and knowledge for both the physical and mental needs of the children. All these plans are geared toward meeting specific outcomes in terms of knowledge, skill, and mindset crucial for the present and future generations. 

Teachers are organising tasks every day, group learners according to their abilities, interests, and beliefs, and organize mentorship/coaching programs for the learners. They are putting children on performance improvement plans through remedial-extra time lessons, they are organizing learning environments suitable for the learning goals. This is what managers are doing elsewhere.

It is in teaching where the teachers exercise the highest level of effective communication through giving clear instructions/directives and feedback to learners to perform given assignments which constitute learning. 

A positive classroom culture in teaching is where we “control”/facilitate the growth mindset, behavior, values, and skills of learners. We reward/motivate, correct/discipline insubordination. 

Teachers write ways of working with the children, mottos, mantras, chants, and anthems to build a culture of higher expectations and enthusiasm for the learning goals. This is similar to what the managers are doing in their organizations with their human resources. 

Teaching as management is, therefore, more sophisticated than management because it is dealing with unskilled human resources, unlike management. There’s a lot a manager needs to learn from classroom teachers in terms of management of human resources and organizations’ goals.

If there is anything plausible to do in this new milieu is to strengthen the Teaching as leadership fellowship programs such as one being offered by Teach for Zambia because of the prospective skilled human resource of fellows being churned out to the world of work.

International Day of Education

Education is a human right, a public good, and a public responsibility

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education(link is external), in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth, and adults behind.

Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school, and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.


“At the peak of the pandemic, schools were actually closed for 91% of learners, or 1.5 billion pupils and students. It then became apparent to everyone that education was a global public good and school was more than just a place of learning: it was also a place that provided protection, well-being, food, and freedom. (…) On this International Day of Education, UNESCO invites you to promote education as a fundamental right and the most powerful aid to development that we have. Defending the future of this right means defending the right to the future.” – Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, on the occasion of International Day of Education 2021.

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The third International Day of Education (January 24) will be marked on Monday 25 January 2021 under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’. Now is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the center of recovery.

The global event for the Day will be planned along with three main segments: learning heroes, innovations, and financing. It will be organized in partnership with the UNESCO New York Office, UNHQ, the Global Partnership for Education, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CRI), and feature the participation of partners from the Global Education Coalition. Capturing the spirit of the International Day of Education, CRI and UNESCO have spearheaded a Learning Planet Festival to celebrate learning in all contexts and share innovations that fulfill the potential of every learner, no matter what their circumstances. The CRI will also be unveiling the winners of an essay contest of “Le Petit Prince”.