I am a Cameroonian, I am an African and I am a teacher, a teacher educator and a Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK. As a child and teenager, I walked long distances to school, and studied in large classes with very little resources but I had some amazing teachers who saw through my challenges and treated me like a capable human encouraging me to look beyond those challenges. In the first seven years of my professional career, I taught English language to young people in the educationally deprived Far North province of my home country. My students faced the same challenges of my childhood…and they were superstars in many ways.
Today, I have had the privilege to serve in a number of roles including as a consultant for the Council of Europe and the British Council, committee member of Africa TESOL and President of IATEFL, but my childhood experiences and the many inspiring young people I meet in my work around Africa continue to tell me how much more the world can achieve if underprivileged children are supported through education. That is why Teachers 4 Schools means the world to me.