Africa-Press – Eswatini. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates this Wednesday, October 5th, the World Teacher’s Day, as such, presented a note in which it regrets the conditions of education in the world, especially in the regions that most need teachers.
According to data provided by UNESCO, it can be read that the regions most affected by the shortage of teachers are South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which need more than 24 million teachers, which represents about half of the need for new professionals in the developing countries. In addition to this problem, in the case of Sub-Saharan Africa, there are also the most overcrowded classrooms in the world, the most overloaded teachers and the most needy education system, with 90% of secondary schools experiencing serious problems, without having how to address existing gaps. The same data show that globally, trained teachers are in the percentages from 81% to 78%.
But in the region south of the Sahara, apart from a few exceptions, the numbers reach 65% and 51%. UNESCO fears that if the picture does not change, there will be a decline in those who want to become teachers and this could affect the UN’s objective of ensuring quality education for all. The same document also underlines that the entities ask that on World Teachers’ Day their critical role in transforming students’ potential be celebrated by ensuring that they have the necessary tools to take responsibility for themselves, others and the planet. They even urge countries to ensure that teachers are trusted and recognized as knowledge producers, reflective practitioners and policy partners.