As the world celebrates teachers on Monday October 5, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO has posited that about 10.9 million primary school teachers will need to be recruited by 2020 to meet the goal of providing universal primary education for all.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, no enough resources are being given to the education of children in their formative years and as a result, the organization will be honouring one of the world’s hardest-working professions with World Teachers’ Day on Monday, placing a spotlight this year on those who specialize in early childhood education (ECE).
Globally, ECE is a field often mired by poor training, staffing and funding. World Teachers’ Day will kick-off with a roundtable discussion about the problems that plague education around the world at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris and ECE will lead the agenda, according to UNESCO.
There will be particular emphasis given to the lack of resources allocated to ECE in the developing world, where, UNESCO says, there are “equity gaps in access and learning which mostly affect the poorest regions and schools and the earliest grades.”
This year’s celebration will also focus on the Education 2030 initiative, launched in conjunction with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in an effort to promote sustainable and healthy teaching environments.