Join us in taking a stand for teachers around the world!
New numbers from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) indicate that we need 1.7 million more teachers to ensure universal primary education by 2015. But it is not enough to stick an adult in front of a classroom full o f kids; to ensure that the right to education is realized by all children, we must recruit teachers who are trained, supported, paid and managed as professionals. Unfortunately 31 countries report that less than ¾ of their primary school teachers are trained.
The Global Campaign for Education has teamed up with Education International to launch a new report, Every Child Needs a Teacher: Closing the Trained Teacher Gap. This report outlines the drastic need for teachers, and a number of policy recommendations for both national and donor governments. Check out the fact sheet developed by our colleagues at GCE-US, and read the full report here.
So what can you do? Send your favourite teacher an e-card to let them know how much you appreciate them! Global Action Week 2013 will focus on the Every Child Needs a Teacher campaign. Stay tuned for more information!
If you can read this, thank a teacher!