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Wanted: 1,4 million teachers

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4-5 October 2014 - The solution for the global education crisis is not as simple as building schools – qualified teachers are essential to ensure an effective learning process for all.

Teachers are central to shaping the ideas and attitudes of future generations to deal with new global challenges and opportunities. As we are approaching 2015 and the new development agenda, it is crucial that teachers remain a priority.

As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, UNESCO and its partners invite all to help spread the message regarding the importance of investing in teachers. Quality education brings hope and a promise of a better standard of living.

Photo World Bank Photo Collective 2.0 Generic CC BY-NC-ND 2.0There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. To achieve this, the international community and governments need to invest in providing teachers with high-quality training, appropriate contracts and salaries as well as proper working conditions. Currently, teachers often have to work part-time, have low wages and haven’t had access to appropriate training.

According to UNESCO, the quality of education is undermined by a deficit of teachers in many countries. The world needs 1.4 million more teachers in order to achieve universal primary education. Currently, 250 million children are not acquiring basic skills in reading and writing. 

UNESCO and its partners are “working to provide every learner with professionally-trained, motivated and well-supported teachers”, says Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General. In their joint statement for the international day, UNESCO and its partners remind all actors that the “international community and governments must stand united to support teachers and quality education worldwide, and especially in those countries where the highest number of out-of-school children exists.”

“An education system is only as good as its teachers.”

Related links:

Article: International Literacy Day: 493 million women still can’t read
The Global Monitoring Report: Teachers and quality education

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