Irina Bokova calls for more and better teachers on the eve of the launch of 'Education First'
On 25 September, the Director-General gave a keynote speech at the international conference, 'Every Child Needs a Teacher,' organised by the Global Campaign for Education and Education International, on the sidelines of the high level meeting of the UN General Assembly.
"Teachers are essential for dignity and rights, for the health of societies, for inclusive and sustainable development," declared Irina Bokova. "Nothing can substitute for a good teacher."
The conference saw the launch of the new report on "Closing the Trained Teacher Gap," coordinated by the Global Campaign for Education and Education International. Speakers included Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Camilla Croso, president of the Global Campaign for Education, Susan Hopgood, President of Education International as well as Francine Lawrence, executive vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Discussions focused on the need to bridge the teacher gap and to improve the quality of teaching.
"We need 1.7 million additional teachers to deliver universal primary education by 2015," stated Irina Bokova.
This conference was an important moment to mobilise for improving the numbers and quality of teachers, on the eve of the launch of the UN Secretary-General's new global initiative 'Education First' and also World Teachers' Day on 5 October.
"Teachers are the real switchmen of history," declared Irina Bokova.