Policy | Global Teacher Shortage
Today is World Teachers’ Day, representing “a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.”
On this occasion, the World Education Blog is highlighting the shortage of teachers around the world. See the post below for an infographic that describes this shortage, as well as links to various reports that describe issues related to teacher shortage and quality.
“The scale of the global teacher gap is revealed in new figures released this week by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). About 58% of countries and territories around the world currently do not have enough teachers in classrooms to achieve universal primary education (UPE) by 2015 – the second Education for All goal and the major education target in the Millennium Developments Goals.
Countries will need an extra 1.6 million teachers to achieve universal primary education by 2015 and 3.3 million by 2030, according to the UIS. The forthcoming 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report will elaborate on these figures and examine the policies and resources needed to bridge the teacher gap.”