It's Global Action Week again! This year, the global community is focussing on the dire need for trained, motivated, and respected teachers to ensure that every child can realize their right to a quality education.
61 million children are not in primary school. The biggest thing we can do to give them their right to education is make sure they have access to a trained teacher. To do this, we need 1.7 million more teachers.
Failure to deal with the trained teacher shortage is one of the biggest hurdles we have to achieving Education for All – both for getting kids into classrooms, and for assuring quality and positive learning outcomes. Teachers make the difference between children just being in school and learning. If we value learning, we must value teachers.
Ensuring high quality teachers for all requires teachers to be recruited, trained, paid, developed and managed as professionals. Remedying the problems required to address the teacher gap requires focused intervention, including significant, well-targeted financing.
Want to know more? Visit www.everychildneedsateacher.org. Take action by writing to the World Bank askign for sufficient funds and supportive policies to address the trained teacher gap.
Read the GCE's backgroung report Every Child Needs A Teacher: Closing the Trained Teacher Gap.
Check out the GCE's Policy Demands for teachers!
Learn more about the context of teachers and teaching with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics e-Atlas of teachers.