The acute shortage of qualified teachers has been identified as one of the biggest challenges to the realization of the Education for All (EFA) goals for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) by 2015. It is estimated that 1.6 million new posts and 4 million additional teachers are needed if Universal Primary Education (UPE) is to be achieved.
The Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) is the UNESCO response to this demand. It is a ten-year initiative aiming to increase the quantity and improve the quality of the teaching force in Sub-Saharan Africa. It advocates a holistic approach through the improvement of teacher status and working conditions, teacher management and administration structures, the development of appropriate teacher policies and enhancement of the quality and coherence of teacher professional development.