“Build the future: invest in teachers now!”

World Teachers’ Day 2009 puts the spotlight on the global teacher shortage and the challenges of being a teacher today. 

In our rapidly changing and interdependent world, teachers not only have to ensure that students acquire solid skills in basic subjects, but also that they become responsible local and global citizens, at ease with new technologies and able to make informed decisions about health, the environment and other challenges.

Sustained investment is required to develop a well-trained and motivated teaching force. A global total of 10.3 million teachers should be recruited between 2007 and 2015 just to meet the goal of universal primary education. At a time when the global economic slowdown risks putting tight constraints on education budgets, it is critical that governments support the recruitment, training and professional development of teachers.

 Related Links

Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO 

Press Release

Information note about World Teachers’ Day 2009

Provisional programme 

Education International (Global federation of teacher unions) World Teachers’ Day  page and poster

Hands Up for Education: Education International's strategy for recovery

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe: Human Rights Education

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Information Sheet on Global Demand for Teachers

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