A day in the life of…Adel Ali

Motivating disaffected teenagers at a vocational training centre in Tunisia is a daily struggle. But for this English teacher, the rewards easily outweigh the obstacles

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Every teacher wants to make a difference and add value in their students’ lives. I’ve found that when it comes to teaching in vocational education, this desire is particularly strong. At my public school, the students are on their last chance for an education.

I teach at the vocational training centre, Bach Hamba, in Tunisia, and most of my pupils are between 15- and 16-years-old. They’ve decided – willingly or unwillingly – to give up mainstream elementary education and opt for something practical.

Our two-year courses train these young people to be everything from mechanics and electricians ...

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