The world needs a huge number of teachers to provide quality education in this world. Teachers’ professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. By 2015, 5.4 million teachers are required including 1.58 new posts and 3.66 million replacements to achieve Universal Primary Education.
World Teachers’ Day is observed every year on 5th October is observed in more than 100 countries. The needs of the future generations can only be met by teachers for that there is a need to mobilize support for teachers. It is a day to appreciate, create awareness, understanding the vital contribution that teachers make the field of education and development.
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. India’s 1.5 million village schools are 90% state-run, unionized to the teeth, and handle 220 million children.
This year’s slogan is “A Call for Teachers!”. To achieve education for all it is necessary to call for teachers, as they are the most powerful force for quality and access to education. This year’s International Peace Day had the slogan “Education for Peace”. There is no stronger foundation of lasting peace and sustainable development.
Why a call for teachers?
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.