World Teachers’ Day 2014: Invest in the future, invest in teachers!

Teachers are an investment for the future of countries. What today’s children will face in adult life cannot be predicted and so the teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.

 UNESCO and partners working to provide every learner with professionally-trained, motivated and well-supported teachers ..   

       Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

This year on 5 October , we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. The day commemorates the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers in 1966.  This recommendation is morally binding for all countries.

In many countries, the quality of education is undermined by a deficit of teachers. 1.4 million teachers are missing in classrooms – and they are needed to achieve universal primary education (UPE) by 2015, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Added to the challenge of numbers is one of quality: all too often, teachers work without resources or proper training. The stakes are high, because we face today a global learning crisis, with 250 million children not acquiring basic skills of reading and writing

As countries accelerate towards 2015 and the new development agenda is shaped, it is essential that teachers remain a priority. 

Official Poster

The Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda states the essentials for supporting teachers’ effectiveness: (1) good conditions of employment, including appropriate contracts and salaries, and prospects for career progression and promotion; (2) good conditions in the work environment, based on creating school contexts that are conducive to teaching; (3) high-quality pre-and in-service training for teachers, based on respect for human rights and the principles of inclusive education; and (4) effective management, including teacher recruitment and deployment.

The international community and governments need to stand united to support teachers and quality learning worldwide, but especially in those countries where the highest number of out-of-school children exists. 

This World Teachers’ Day UNESCO and its partners invite all to help spread the message that  investing in teachers is key. Afterall, an education system is only as good as its teachers.






Facts and Figures

1.4 million new teaching posts required to meet UPE by 2015. 

2.6 million replacement teachers are needed by 2015

Un total de, 4 millions d’enseignants seront nécessaires d’ici à 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest need for additional primary teachers by 2015, at 0.9 million (representing 63% of the world total)

Countries which need to create the most teaching posts by 2015 include: Nigeria, Pakistan, Mozambique, Uganda and UR Tanzania 

Globally 58 million children of primary school age are currently out of school, 53% of them are girls.  




Forum Speakers

Speakers -  Forum Teaching Today: An Internationsl Overview of Professional Development and Conditions of Work

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Nora Wintour

International Cooordinator ofWorld Class Cities for All Campaign (WCCA) . More

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Philippe Meireau

Prof. In Educational Science; Vice-President of the Rhône-Alpes region in charge of training. More

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Bianka Stegge

General Secretary at European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE). More

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Luc Ria

Professor in Education Science and holder of the UNESCO Chair at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon .  More

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Regis Malet

Professor of "Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV - IUFM". More

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Beatrice Avalos

Associate researcher at the Centre for Advanced Research in Education. More

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Thierry Karsenti

Thierry Karsenti,Holds Canadian Research Chair on Information Technology and Communication (ICT) in Education. More

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Nancy Hafkin

Pioneer of networking and development information and electronic communications in Africa.  More

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Antonella Verdiani

President of Printemps de l’éducation. More

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François Muller

Consultant, Department of Research and Development in Innovation and Experimentation, Ministry of National Education . More

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Se Bi Antoine Mian

Specialiste des TIC en education, department des sciences de l’education de l’EN d’Abidjam. More

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Rana Challah

School teacher at Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais (Beirut, Lebanon) and a university instructor in the Faculty of Languages at Saint-Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). More

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Gloria Ladson Billings

Ladson-Billings is a pedagogical theorist and teacher educator on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. More