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The problem

Globally, literacy rates have gone up, school enrolment rates have risen and dropout rates have fallen over the past decade. But despite increased enrolments, an estimated 258 million children do not attend school or quit school prematurely. Moreover, many children cannot read, write or count sufficiently, whether they have attended school or not. This is largely due to large classes, traditional teaching methods with little or no interaction, and often insufficient teacher training and support. Poorly educated, children are likely to face a future of unemployment, trapped in a cycle of poverty. This ‘global learning crisis’ leads to a huge loss of talented youth for developing countries.

Participants in Edukans’ Exchange programme.


World Teacher

We link education professionals around the world, in order for them to learn from each  other and improve their teaching and leadership qualities. This  international experience broadens your horizon and makes you a better professional. Participating in a World  Teacher programme improves your teaching and coaching skills and improves your competences as an education  professional.

Our World Teacher Programme is an  international exchange programme for students, teachers and school leaders, which includes:

  • Developing and preparing lessons
  • Mutual learning in developing lessons without a lot of material
  • Creating lessons together and testing these lessons  together Differentiation within the classroom
  • Awareness of learning styles and levels of understanding
  • How to work with slow, average and fast learners
  • How to create more time to support the slow learners Active teaching and learning
  • The importance and advantages of Active Teaching and Learning (ATL)
  • When are you going to use what method, and why?
  • How to use these methods in large classes? Giving feedback
  • The importance of feedback in the learning process
  • Rules of giving and receiving
  • InterVision among colleagues

Read more about our World Teacher programme and how to participate on our Dutch site.


Participants in Edukans’ Exchange programme.


Going Global

Going Global is an exchange programme for students and teachers in Dutch secondary education. With Going Global we connect students and teachers in secondary schools in the Netherlands with young people and teachers in developing countries to work on life skills and new active teaching methods together.

Read more about Going Global and how to participate on our Dutch site.



DARE2GO is a programme for (young) professionals and young people who take a gap year or do an internship/ research. For a period of at least 10 weeks, they travel to countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. (Young) professionals with an educational background exchange educational themes with local colleagues, focussing on the same subjects as World Teacher. For (young) professionals it is also about the substantive exchange of educational themes with local colleagues. For young people in a gap year, experiencing living in a developing country revolves around life skills, about meeting ‘the other one’ and the experience of another culture.

Read more about DARE2GO and how to participate on our Dutch site.


In the last 10 years Edukans has professionalised:

‘Professionalising school leaders, teachers and  students through World Teacher, Going Global  and DARE2GO.’