On World Teacher’s Day, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued statistics revealing that close to 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, the deadline of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Development Goal 4, which calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education also includes a specific call for more qualified teachers, and more support from the international community for teacher training in developing countries. According to the UIS data, sub-Saharan Africa has the largest teacher gap and the region will need about 17 million primary and secondary teachers by 2030. As the region with the fastest growing school-age population in the world, it is already struggling to keep up with demand: more than 70 per cent of its countries face acute shortages of primary school teachers, 90 per cent of them face serious shortages in secondary education, UNESCO added.
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