The Helga Todd Teachers’ Education Foundation is an educational charity registered in England with the UK Charities Commission (Registration No.1123512). It was founded in 2008 by Ram Todd in memory of his late wife Helga in order to return something to society in the five countries where they had worked and lived. The Helga Todd Foundation, working in partnership with established educational bodies and other educational charities in our target countries, is committed to making a difference to society.
“To advance education by the promotion of teaching in India, Nigeria, Indonesia, United Kingdom and Germany through the provision of financial support and assistance, firstly to women students and teachers and secondly to colleges, other institutions and charities.” (Declaration of Trust)
In the first instance, we are committed to a child-centred, creative approach to education and to the education of women. We aim to support communities, frequently, though not exclusively, those in rural areas, through empowering local women to enhance their life chances and at the same time to strengthen communities by becoming qualified teachers and educating young people.
We are also concerned that our work should support the development of education more broadly and to that end, we work with practising teachers in a variety of contexts. We intend that our training programmes should encourage participants to pursue their aspirations for example through working towards valid qualifications. To date, this has meant that many of our trainee early years teachers have subsequently embarked on distance learning degree courses.