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Global Action Week 2013: Every Child Needs a Teacher!

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The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) reports that Education for All (EFA) will not be achieved until teacher recruitment is prioritized in policy agendas. The severe teacher gap has wide-ranging repercussions that undermine efforts to achieve universal primary education (EFA Goal 2) and deliver quality education for all (EFA Goal 6). Considering the demand for new teaching posts and assuming that the pool of teachers is shrinking at a rate of 5%, the world will need to recruit 6.8 million teachers between 2010 and 2015.

Led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), this year’s Global Action Week is held globally under the theme of “Every Child Needs a Teacher.” The 2013 campaign aims to raise awareness of Education for All and demand that governments act now to ensure that every child has well-trained and well-supported teachers. The official week runs from 21-27 April 2013. GAW activities however, will continue throughout the year.

While the teacher gap is not as severe in Asia-Pacific in comparison to the rest of the world, the issue nonetheless, poses as a threat to the achievement of universal primary education by 2015. The South and West Asia sub-region alone will need 114,000 new teaching positions, which makes up 7% of the global share. East Asia and the Pacific will need to recruit 62,000 new positions and Central Asia, 24,000 positions.

Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All. UNESCO actively supports the campaign by organizing activities in its Headquarters and Field Offices, mobilizing networks and encouraging Ministers of Education and all EFA partners to participate.

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For more information and to download campaign resources, visit the GAW 2013 campaign website.

Click here to find out what others are doing for Global Action Week 2013!

Watch a video message from Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO.

Global Action Week 2013: In Brief

Key Messages: Teacher Gap

Facts & Figures: Teacher Gap

Infographics: Global Teacher Shortage

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