As Ken Blanchard said, the role of a teacher is even more important than might have been imagined.
Like other parts of the world including Pakistan the World Teacher’s Day was celebrated here on Monday.
“Realizing this goal is critical to achieving all our global development targets – for strong societies depend on well-educated citizens and a well-trained workforce”.
The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), says about 12.6 million primary teachers are required globally if the 2020 goal of universal primary education is to be achieved.
Yet one glaring fact shows that we are heading for a major collision between ambitions and reality: the world will need to recruit 25.8 million school teachers to provide every child with a primary education by 2030, according to a new paper from the Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS).
UNESCO is also focusing on the Education 2030 initiative this year. However, 96 countries are still struggling to achieve universal primary education.
For every 100 children of age to start school today, there will be 142 in 2030. According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day represents a significant step towards the spreading of awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. “The ways our teachers are working through the reform are being noted beyond UNRWA”, said Caroline Pontefract, Director of Education at UNRWA.
Despite global recognition of the importance of teachers in changing children’s lives and building sustainable and prosperous societies, they are all too often undervalued and under-empowered.
The statement underscored the mounting shortage of quality teachers, unequal distribution of trained teachers, and inadequate or non-existent national standards for the teaching profession.