Frequently Asked Questions
What is TFZ Fellowship about?
TFZ Fellowship is a 2 year full-time paid commitment in which we place outstanding graduates of any course and professionals to teach in Zambia’s under-served UPE schools.
The Fellowship equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change both in and outside the classrooms while impacting children and the communities they live in.
Who becomes a Fellow?
Be a citizen of Zambia / DAFI-Alumni of 30 years and below.
Have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in any discipline of study.
Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and above.
Why does the Fellowship take two years to complete and not months?
We believe that in two years, Fellows would have honed the necessary skills to go out and end educational inequity having experienced it first hand in these schools.
During the first year of the Fellowship, Fellows hone their teaching skills while establishing respect and trust among various stakeholders within the school community and the students.
In the second year, Fellows engage in community projects to create a lasting change/ impact in the communities they serve. During the two years, you will strive to transform the life & learning outcomes of rural and underprivileged children
Is the Fellowship for teachers or those who did education-related courses?
TFZ Fellowship is open to all candidates from all academic backgrounds as long as they fit our eligibility criteria.
We understand that to create lasting change in the education system, there is a need for collaboration from across all academic backgrounds.
During our training programs, the Fellows are empowered with the necessary pedagogical knowledge and skills to do well in the classroom.
What are my benefits as a Fellow?
- A stipend and health insurance for two years — even during holidays.
- Cutting-edge global training in leadership and innovative teaching methods.
- Access to a global and local network of like-minded, passionate people working diligently to improve the lives of others in their community.
- Opportunity to develop fundamental leadership skills like strategic thinking, planning, community mobilization and persuasive communication.
- A dedicated leadership coach to guide your individual growth as a teacher, as an individual growth as a teacher, as an individual, and as a leader throughout the two-year fellowship.
- Continuous leadership development training to magnify your impact in the classroom, and to enhance your effectiveness as a change-maker.
- A networking opportunity to learn from a global Teach For All network of fellows, alumni, and leaders spanning over 60 countries and 6 continents.
- Personalized mentorship and coaching from dedicated leadership development coaches.
- Access to monthly internet data and free calls among Fellows.
- Acceptance into a fellowship program that is recognized by international universities and organizations alike.
What do you look for in a Fellow?
- Commitment and passion to our mission of ending education inequity in Zambia.
- A track record of demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, motivate and influence others.
- Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Strong organizational and planning ability.
- Perseverance and resilience in face of challenges.
- Empathy and an appreciation for diversity.
- Ability to teach the primary curriculum.
Will I be trained before I start the Fellowship?
Once you have been offered the opportunity to join the Fellowship, you’re invited to join our intensive one-month residential training institute.
During the Training Institute, you’ll be equipped with leadership skills, receive pedagogy training and certification. Before you hit the classroom you’ll get to know your fellow Fellows with whom you’ll transform the future of Zambia’s education together.
What exactly do Fellows do in the classroom?
Our fellows teach full-time in rural government schools. As a teacher-leader, you’ll be responsible for your students; set high expectations for your students, build a culture of achievement in the classroom, design effective lesson plans tailored to students’ needs, and provide one-on-one mentorship.
In your 2nd year, you will research, plan and implement a project in their community to further the impact.
What will I teach?
We place our Fellows to focus on the learning outcomes of children in lower classes of Grade 1 to Grade 6.
Fellows focus on teaching literacy and numeracy skills. We believe these are critical foundation skills that accelerate comprehension skills for children.
Where will I teach?
Teach For Zambia runs its Fellowship program in high-need rural government schools in two regions; Central, and Muchinga Provinces.
The Training & Support team places Fellows in these schools at the end of their Training Institute.
Is the Fellowship full-time or part-time?
Yes, it’s a full-time position that requires commitment.