World Teachers' Day 2013: A Call for teachers!

“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), which UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI).  

Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all.  

 Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers.

Teachers’ professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. This World Teachers’ Day, we call for teachers to receive stronger training upfront and continual professional development and support..   

       Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

Why a call for teachers?

Because there is a huge shortage of professional, well-trained and well-supported teachers to achieve better quality education. The challenge of recruiting teachers does not lie just in the numbers, but in the provision of quality teachers. Far too often teachers remain under-qualified, poorly paid and with low status.

At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the focus of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration on 4 October will be on tackling the teacher gap, barriers to better quality education and teachers’ role in developing globally-minded citizens.

Partners are also urged to organize events around the world in order to make the day a truly international celebration.




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    • Live Webcast   EN | FR  ( 4 October 15:00-17:30 GMT+2 )

Facts and Figures

1.58 million new posts required to meet UPE by 2015.  More

3.66 million replacements needed by 2015

A total of 5.24 million teachers needed by 2015

57 million children of primary school age currently out of school, 54 percent of them are girls

Annual teacher gap in Nigeria could be closed by recruiting the equivalent of 1.2% of the population aged 20 years, 0.5% for the United States and 1% for China.



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