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Field Officer - Hall of Fame

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Thanks to all the previous Field Officers who have contributed so much to our projects! 


Paola Fatur, Field Officer and Network Support Officer - Nicaragua

Paola joined the Teach A Man To Fish team in August 2013, as a Field Officer at La Bastilla school in Nicaragua supporting the implementation of all school businesses, but especially the dairy plant.  In September 2014 she took over the role as Enterprising Schools Network Support Officer, participating in the School Enterprise Challenge roll out in Central America supporting with workshops and trainings.    

Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Paola worked for three years as a consultant in international projects, delivering training and workshops and supporting project roll outs. She has a business background, as she worked as an audit analyst and as a quality procedures assistant while living in Argentina. Paola has also travelled extensively to South East Asia and volunteered in Nepal with a local NGO and in London for the Fairtrade Foundation UK.  

Paola holds a degree in Business Administration from Buenos Aires University (Argentina) and an Expert Degree in Project Coordination for International Development from Alcalá University (Spain).

Janira Romero Reyes, Enterprising Schools Network Officer - Guatemala

Janira joined Teach A Man To Fish back in October of 2013 as a volunteer in the main London office. Her role included: grading Spanish business plans for the School Enterprise Challenge (SEC) 2013, editing translated documents, contributing to the development of the Child Protection Policy, and facilitating the monitoring and evaluation of the international programs.Her role as Enterprising Schools Network Support Officer included maintaining communication with schools in Guatemala and Honduras participating in the SEC 2014, promote SEC for 2015 and network with existing schools and/or organizations to obtain operational and promotional partners for the school networks and the Ministry of Education.Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Janira served in the United States Peace Corps as a TEFL volunteer in Ukraine from 2010 – 2012. As an American citizen and Guatemalan national (having lived in Guatemala for over 7 years), Janira contributes multicultural perspectives in her work as an international development worker. She completed her Master’s in Education, Gender, and International Development at the Institute of Education University of London early September 2014 and is interested in the school to work transition of secondary level students in developing countries.

Fran Ryan, Uganda Field Officer 

Fran joined Teach A Man To Fish in February 2014 as a Field Officer in Uganda, supporting Mackay Memorial College in Kampala to develop two new businesses. In particular she focussed on monitoring and evaluation procedures and the marketing strategy for the school businesses. She also worked to expand the reach of the School Enterprise Challenge in Uganda by developing partnerships with schools and other NGOs in-country. 

Before joining Teach A Man To Fish Fran worked in event management at the University of London. Fran has travelled and volunteered in Vietnam, Ghana and Ethiopia. Fran holds a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and is a CELTA qualified teacher. 

Leena Camadoo, Field Officer in Nicaragua 

Leena joined the Teach A Man To Fish team in March 2013 in Nicaragua, initially as a Field Officer at La Bastilla school and then as the Central America Regional Coordinator.  She was responsible for overseeing our work with partners in Nicaragua and fundraising so that we can continue to grow our work in the region.  She also participated in rolling out the School Enterprise Challenge across the country so that even more schools in Nicaragua can engage with our innovative model. 

Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Leena spent six years working in the fairtrade sector, coordinating value-chains and supporting cooperatives in securing access to higher-value markets and delivering improved returns to smallholder farmers.  During this time she travelled extensively to South America and East Africa to deliver workshops and training, as well as to carry out trading discussions.

Leena holds a BA in French & Spanish from the University of Sheffield, and an MSc in Globalisation & Latin American Development from the Institute for the Study of the Americas.


Jenny Bowie, Uganda Field Officer 

Jenny joined Teach A Man To Fish in September 2012 as a Programme Support Fellow. In June 2013 she took up the role of Uganda Field Officer. She has been working to support Mackay Memorial College in Kampala to develop two new businesses, by providing support and delivering capacity building training to teachers and school staff. She is also responsible for running the School Enterprise Challenge in Uganda, delivering workshops to teachers from across the country and developing partnerships. 

Before joining Teach A Man To Fish, Jenny was working for a small education project in Dodoma, Tanzania, to improve the quality of English education and oversee the development of new facilities and resources for students. Jenny also has experience as a youth worker with The Challenge Network in London, and as a project volunteer with the Lake of Stars Music Festival in Malawi. 

Jenny holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham.  


Rachel, Field Officer in Nicaragua

One of the best things about being a project officer with Teach A Man To Fish is getting fully immersed in daily life in your school community and experiencing firsthand the positive impacts that sustainable technical education has on the lives of the pupils. I feel that we really are ‘being’ and ‘living’ the change that we hope to bring about, and it is incredibly satisfying to witness the progress being made as you help the school to move bit by bit towards sustainability.

This type of education really does equip people with the skills they will use in their day-to-day lives, as almost everyone here has a piece of land and some animals. At our school they learn the skills they need to be able to make a good living from the land, rather than just subsistence farming, and hopefully to break the cycle of poverty.  

I love how this model of education turns the disadvantage of lacking funds into an advantage as a positive learning experience for our students, whereby they gain entrepreneurial and income generating skills in our real-life school businesses and come away with a practical, relevant and good quality education. Everyone at La Bastilla is working incredibly hard to make this happen, and the teachers and pupils are such an inspiration – it makes all of the hard work totally worth it!  


Emily, Field Officer in Uganda, now Africa Programmes Manager  

As a project officer for Teach A Man To Fish I am in the privileged position of being able to see how the sustainable education model positively impacts the students and community day to day. The concept of the model sounded great from the UK, but it wasn’t until I started working with the community here in Uganda that it really dawned on me how relevant the model is to the issues we are addressing. There are many schools in developing countries around the world starting small income generating activities to try and make ends meet, but with help from the Teach A Man To Fish model, these schools can use income generating activities to pass vital practical business skills onto their students, as well as increase the scale and profits of their businesses. I work alongside determined and passionate Ugandans to help them make this model a reality in their community.


 

Alex, Field Officer in Rwanda

Implementing the Teach a Man to Fish model in Rwanda has meant as a Field Officer I have had to manage new challenges as well as putting into practice a different approach whilst working with Ahazaza Independent School. 

As the school caters for primary students rather than secondary as well as being situated in Gitarama, the second largest town in Rwanda it presents fresh demands when developing businesses and enabling the transfer of practical entrepreneurship skills to students.

The relative ease with which the Teach A Man To Fish model has adapted to this location and younger student population has proven how durable, flexible and appropriate an approach it is when dealing with new circumstances.

I have really enjoyed combining my role working on the businesses and training staff with direct, practical lessons which engage the students. It has been fantastic working with students on projects where they are able to see a direct outcome from their efforts, either through event planning for the Multipurpose Hall or buying stock and selling it on for a profit in the school shop.


Jamie, Field Officer in Uganda

What drew me to Teach A Man To Fish was the opportunity to be an active participant in a new wave of development. Teach A Man To Fish focuses not on the deficiencies of communities, but on their abilities and incredible internal strength!

Rather than treating different symptoms of poverty, Teach A Man To Fish has a new paradigm and approach that gives rural communities all over the world the reigns to develop on their own. I find this incredibly exciting and I love being a part of this revolution. Working side by side with my Uganda coworkers, living in this amazing community and country, with every day unique and an adventure -  I'm very humbled and honored to have this position!


Rebecca, Field Officer in Nicaragua

What first impressed me about Teach A Man To Fish was its unique approach. Unlike so many other, mostly admin and research-based, internships and volunteering positions I had come across, working with Teach A Man To Fish is a truly hands-on experience. It is not simply a case of providing funds and making recommendations, but empowering students and communities so that they can help themselves, and creating a sense of pride and ownership to ensure the sustainability of the educational projects. 

In other words, an internship with Teach A Man To Fish involves making a long-lasting impact at the grass-roots level.  I am definitely proud to be involved in the project here in Nicaragua, and am excited about the upcoming activities and developments.  


Christina, Field Officer in Uganda

Working as Field Officer for the Teach A Man To Fish Self Sufficiency Project at St. Denis Senior Secondary School has been a great experience. My job offers a lot of variety and involves the most different tasks ranging from capacity building to overseeing the project budgets.

However, what I enjoy most about my job is working with the people in the community. Seeing their commitment and the hard work they are willing to put into the project makes my work worthwhile. And it is because of this commitment that I am convinced that St. Denis will become a financially self sufficient school which no longer has to rely on outside support.


David, Field Officer in Kenya

Working as a field officer for Teach A Man to Fish at Ondati is not something you can be half-hearted about. Living within the school grounds, among the community means it is impossible not to have a personal interest in the fortunes of the project. You could say it becomes more than a job. The model makes sense when you first learn about it but it is not until you see the effects on the ground that you realise the real potential it has to break the cycle of poverty in rural Kenya. When I visit student’s families and see how their own small businesses at home have thrived thanks to the technical skills learnt at school, it motivates you to continue improving the replication of the model into all aspects of school life. At Ondati, our dream of making the school 100% self-sufficient still requires a lot of work, but with the continued dedication of the staff on the ground and the support of the community, we are seeing signs that this dream could well become a reality. 


Lily, Field Officer in Uganda

Having previously volunteered at a school in Uganda with, like many schools here, an aspiration to generate income and become self-sufficient, but with no real direction or plan to achieve this, I was excited by the Teach A Man to Fish model. Providing a clear strategy that builds on the experience of other schools and their successes, as well as targeted funding to start up well-researched, profitable businesses, the support of Teach A Man To Fish is invaluable and I am thrilled to be involved in implementing the model at St Denis. The staff have really embraced the project and I am working with some wonderful people who are open to new ideas and approaches to education. The students work incredibly hard and have so much potential which isn’t nurtured by traditional schooling methods here, so practical entrepreneurship skills will give St Denis students an advantage over their counterparts from other schools when it comes to finding jobs, further education, or succeeding in starting their own businesses.


Kate, Field Officer in Nepal

Kate graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2010 with a degree in Human Geography and has managed education programmes in South Africa and the UK for the British Red Cross, South African Red Cross and Tenteleni as well as working for other NGOs in HIV and AIDS. Kate is predominately interested in community mobilisation and capacity building so is looking forward to supporting the community to achieve their goal for vocational education in the Manang district of Nepal.


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