IOP asks for volunteers to mentor teachers in Ghana

31 March 2014

The Madrinha Trust is a small charity which tries to make a difference to the lives of young people in the developing world through providing mentors to offer them support and advice in a long-term, though long-distance, relationship

IOP asks for volunteers to mentor teachers in Ghana

The Trust has taken an interest in IOP for Africa, and has generously donated funds towards the Institute’s programme of teacher training and resource centres in nine sub-Saharan countries. A key part of the IOP’s relationship with the Trust is to provide mentors for four selected teachers trained at the IOP centre in Ada, Ghana, in each of the next three years.

We are looking for IOP members who would be willing to become mentors for these teachers. Each mentor would be put in touch with a selected teacher immediately after the course at the IOP centre. They would communicate by e-mail initially, and eventually by Skype if both parties are comfortable with that. The Trust provides careful oversight of the relationship and guidance for mentors. Mentors do not need to be professional experts (in this case, physics teachers) – the relationship is about encouragement and positive feedback rather than professional advice.

If you would like to volunteer as an IOP mentor for a physics teacher in Ghana, or if you would like to know more about what is involved, please contact the IOP’s international relations manager, Dipali Bhatt-Chauhan, by e-mail at

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