‘Inclusive and equitable’ education calls for 69 million more teachers, says UN

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations for the next 14 years, 69 million new teachers will be needed around the globe, according to statistics released Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

These teachers are needed for the 263 million children worldwide who do not attend primary or secondary school, and to improve the quality of learning for those who already do, decreasing classes sizes too large to provide an adequate education.

Entire education systems are gearing up for the big push to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 by 2030,” UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) director Silvia Montoya said in a statement, released on October 5, World Teachers Day. “But education systems are only as good as their teachers. Global progress will depend on whether there even is a teacher, or a classroom in which to teach with a manageable number of children instead 60, 70 or even more pupils. We also need training, resources and support for teachers to do their job.” READ MORE.