Teachers' development

Despite progress in achieving the enrolment and gender parity in primary and secondary education, overall quality of education remains a challenge in Bangladesh. Recognizing the role of teachers in excellence in education, UNESCO targeted teachers in Bangladesh for improvement of their status, standard and overall contribution to quality of education.  A series of studies were conducted including status and capacity development for primary and secondary education in 2008, inclusive education in 2009, and capacity development of NFE teachers/facilitators in 2010.   The findings of these studies contributed to the formulation of National Education Policy in 2010.

A better understanding on UNESCO's normative instruments, namely UNESCO and ILO recommendation concerning Status of Teachers (1966) and UNESCO’s recommendation regarding teacher’s status in higher education was created at national level through translation, printing and dissemination of those documents. Recently, it has started dialogue on shadow education system and private tutoring – which is a huge problem in the country in terms of amount of private investment by the parents. The book Confronting Shadow Education System: What Government Policies for What Private Tutoring has been translated into Bangla and disseminated to policymakers through a one-day seminar to start policy dialogue on private tutoring in Bangladesh.

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