Henrietta IV, head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a top International Labor Organization (ILO) official, Guy Ryder, and David Edwards, leader of Education International, in a joint statement.
Giving voices to teachers
World Teachers’ Day, celebrated on October 5 each year, provides an important opportunity for governments and the international community to identify teachers and their challenges and to share effective and promising policy responses.
“They are key players in the global effort to restore education and are critical to accelerating progress towards inclusive and equitable quality education for every student, in any situation,” the statement said.
Teachers have been at the center of the educational response to the Covid-1 crisis, from using technology creatively to providing socio-psychological support to their students, and reaching out to those at risk of falling behind.
“Now is the time to recognize the extraordinary role of teachers And they need to apply their talents to empower them with training, professional development, support and working conditions, ”the top officials argued.
“The recovery of education will be successful if it is conducted hand in hand with teachers, Giving them a voice and a place to participate in decision-making, ”they said.
Lots of challenges
As of Sept. 27, schools in 124 countries have been fully reopened, with 44 partially closed and 16 completely closed.
These statistics highlight both the need to focus on the health and well-being of teachers, such as the reopening of schools and the continued professional development to integrate and deploy successful teaching technologies.
According to a UNESCO study, 711 percent of countries have given some priority to vaccinating teachers, but only 19 have included them in the first round of vaccinations, while the other 59 countries have not given priority to their roll-out plans.
More efforts are needed to support teachers where and when distance and hybrid education is still needed.
Keeping teachers at the center of education recovery – this year’s focus – will require increasing staff numbers.
Mark the day
To celebrate 2021 World Teachers’ Day, convenors and partners, including the World Bank, the Global Education Coalition and civil society organizations, will organize global and regional events and an advocacy campaign with the participation of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.
The five-day series of events include panel discussions and online sessions to help teachers successfully recover by examining effective policies, evidence and innovative practices, to build resilience and rethink education in the post-epidemic world, and to include the Fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4). Of education.
Only one per cent of countries have trained three-quarters or more of teachers in distance education technology during the epidemic.
Only six out of ten countries provide psychological and psychological support to teachers.
58 per cent of the countries provided content for distance learning to teachers, while 42 per cent provided them with ICT equipment and ensured internet connection.
Additional teachers have been hired to reopen schools under one-third of the 103 countries surveyed, but the global gap is still wide.
69 million more teachers worldwide to ensure universal primary and secondary education by 2030 (SDG target 4.1)
Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to need an additional 15 million primary and secondary teachers by 2030.