The 2015 World Teachers’ Day highlights the need to empower all teachers through the provision of decent, safe and healthy working conditions, trust, professional autonomy and academic freedom. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, up to 10.9 million primary-school teachers will need to be recruited by 2020 to meet the goal of providing universal primary education for all. Records compiled by UIS show that many countries are hiring teachers with little or no training to fill vacancies and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal of providing every child with 12 years of quality education by 2030.
The organization said this on the occasion of the 2015 World Teachers’ Day, celebrated every 5th October.
The global organisations underline the fact that “realising this goal is critical to achieving all our global development targets … for strong societies depend on well-educated citizens and a well-trained workforce”. The day held annually on October 5, since 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Now, by committing to the Education 2030 agenda, the UN Member States agree to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers. They have the power to help students learn, believe in themselves, make wise decisions, become independent thinkers, develop desirable relationships, become independent thinkers, communicate effectively, appreciate differences, develop their creativity, develop problem-solving skills, assertive skills, negotiating skills, empathy skills, refusal skills, coping skills (all so important in today’s world), and so, so much more. That means every single child in every single country, not just trained teachers for rich countries and a cheap, low-quality substitute for poor countries. This is the challenge for creating sustainable societies and boosting national competitiveness. This year’s celebration is on the theme “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies”.