The latest EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 analyses the challenges teachers face on a daily basis to provide a quality education that will ensure children in their class emerge with at least the basic skills.

Over 10 Tuesdays from the 25th February, 10 teachers, from 10 countries around the world will share their stories, motivations and challenges in their work as part of a new social media campaign, #TeacherTuesday. The project will tell the stories of teachers who have taught through fighting in Syria, grappled with multilingual classrooms in Honduras, fought to overcome gender barriers in Afghanistan and taught in the largest urban slum in Africa, as well as many more.  The dates for each appear below.

Influential bloggers selected from across the globe will help bring these teachers’ daily work to life, and help ensure a deeper look is taken by policy makers and education workers at the support they need to help improve learning outcomes around the world. We will also be holding a tweetchat with each teacher using @EFAReport.

Meet the teachers

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“I’ve even seen children as old as 9 or 10 who are unable to read and write their names when clearly they should be able to do this.”

Country: Malawi
Topic: Teacher shortage/school conditions
#TeacherTuesday date: 25th February
Tweetchat time: 12pm GMT 

“Language has an impact on how children learn and how they perceive themselves as being part of the teaching-learning process. To not be taught in your mother tongue, leaves a gap, and makes you feel your language is not important."

Country: Honduras
Topic: Language issues in the classroom
#TeacherTuesday date: 4th March
Tweetchat time: 4-5pm GMT

> View selection of blogs about Natelee and language issues in the classroom

"I am a realistic person and optimistic about the future of education and learning programmes in Afghanistan. Now our people, after three decades of war, completely know about the importance of education. Educated people don’t take guns and don’t destroy their country and their schools."

Country: Afghanistan
Topic: Conflict and gender
#TeacherTuesday date: 11th March
Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation
Related information: Gender Summary

"[In Syria] the teachers are there for the students but the majority don't come as it's not safe for them to reach the school and the number of students are very little, that's why you can't call it an education process."

Country: Syria
Topic: Education in conflict situations
#TeacherTuesday date: 18th March
Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation

“I remember a teacher telling us one time that we should never complain about hunger or poverty because that would stop us from getting an education. If we don’t have food today, we go to school and we get that food in abundance in the future.”

Country: Kenya
Topic: Poverty
#TeacherTuesday date: 25th March
Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation

"I am teaching at a school where it is very student focused. Students are the masters of their own learning process. You teach them how to cooperate, how to be self-supporting, and to make their own decisions how to learn things."

Country: Netherlands
Topic: Maintaining high grades/teacher training
#TeacherTuesday date: 1st April
Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation

We need the floating school because in the monsoon season, one third of Bangladesh goes underwater.The floating school is the only education option here - it travels to students and provides education at their doorsteps." 

Country: Bangladesh
Topic: Access to education
#TeacherTuesday date: 8th April
Tweetchat: Storify account of the conversation (with founder of a floating school)

> View selection of blogs about Mosammat and access to education

“Poverty draws a line in the sand. You’re on one side or the other. It’s hard. That’s why I don’t set homework on a computer as I know some still don’t have computers at home. I accept homework on a piece of paper. I don’t mind how it comes back as long as it comes back!”

Country: Australia
Topic: Indigenous communities
#TeacherTuesday date: 15th April
Tweetchat: Storify account of the full conversation

"We train the learners not only on the curriculum, but also in sport and music. I always encourage them that this could be their future career. You can play soccer and it can give you a salary, it could put bread on the table! Every opportunity you are being given, take it as important."

Country: South Africa
Topic: Skills training in schools
#TeacherTuesday date: 22nd April

"My hope for the future is that there will be no such label as special inclusive schools as instead all schools in Indonesia will be inclusive"

Country: Indonesia
Topic: Disability in the classroom
#TeacherTuesday date: 6th May
Tweetchat: Read the full conversation on Storify

Selection of blogs about Siti and inclusive education in Indonesia:

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