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Teachers Are Keys to Reaching Education Goals

by , 4th Oct 2013

“Teachers are keys to reaching education goals for all children, especially the poor and vulnerable”. This is one of the messages we hear on World Teachers’ Day, but what if there is no one who can unlock doors of knowledge?

Today, on October 5th, around 57 million children of primary school age are out of school. This means that there is a shortage of 5.24 million teachers in order to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015.

olovkeIn particular, 1.58 million new teaching positions will have to be created worldwide, while 3.66 million teachers leaving the profession will need to be replaced. As new teachers are recruited, the quality of teaching and learning must also continue to improve, the Heads of UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO (the International Labour Organization) agree.

Out of those 57 million children who still do not attend school, it is estimated that nearly half will never enter the educational institutions, while only 28 percent will begin their education – and it will happen too late. According to various researches, 54 percent of them are girls. There are one billion uneducated people in the world, of which 800 million are children.

Beside these warning data, the problem is also in the low level of learning. It is estimated that 250 million children fail to learn to read and write at the age of 10.

In Africa, for example, 1 million new teachers will be needed over the next two years, just to meet rising enrollment in sub-Saharan Africa, and 6.2 million teachers will be needed to make up for attrition. In the world’s newest country South Sudan, the ratio of qualified teacher to pupil is 1:117. Many untrained teachers don’t have a secondary level education and some just don’t show up to work.

In Serbia, the situation is also far from ideal. World Teachers’ Day passes almost unnoticed, and the state allocates 3.3 percent of GDP for education, while the average in the world is almost twice as much – about 6 percent.


What this all tells us:

  • The world needs professional, well-trained, accountable and valued teachers
  • Teachers are the central solution to the crisis of learning
  • Teachers must participate in the strategy development of education in every country
  • Teachers need to be paid better, because their work is extremely responsible, and the children’s future depends on it
  • It is necessary to improve the conditions in which teachers conduct classes
  • It is important to create more effective educational systems and prepare young people for active and responsible participation in society
  • Let’s be grateful for teachers’ effort and support them in their work

Why are teachers so important?

  • Teachers educate children and help them become responsible and worthy members of society
  • Teachers transfer knowledge to children that will remain for a lifetime and help them have a better future
  • Teachers guide the children, discover their talents, encourage creativity, help them acquire working habits, teach them about discipline, obligations…
  • Teachers open new horizons and worlds to their pupils
  • Teachers are role model of proper, fair and polite behavior and they strengthen children’s character
  • Teachers establish a relationship of mutual respect and trust with children. It is a model that children transfer outside the school
  • Every teacher has the task to get children like being and going to school

Education of future generations is uncertain, until the best possible teacher is in every classroom.

In 1994, the United Nations (UNESCO) proclaimed October 5th as World Teachers’ Day, with the aim to emphasize the role of the teacher in children’s education and development, and to highlight principles and recommendations concerning the status of teachers.


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  •' igor terzic says:

    Certainly the teachers after their parents very important factor in the effort to our children as large inflow of knowledge that will later be able to use in the process of making important decisions concerning how the children develop and to be in a positive atmosphere for children and their needs.
    As children grow growing importance of quality education that we need to adapt to what the conditions of the times in which we reside , and which we use to improve the way of work of each teacher who will then have the necessary motivation to construct a good and efficient way to transfer the necessary skills to their pupils that children will more easily accepted if the teacher engaged enough about what and who the best possible way to present something to their children and not be a burden , but to them it is a motive for what awaits them later in life and helping them to grow up to be smart and responsible people .
    Teachers need to find the best and quickest way to interest the kids what it’s able to work and teach children what values ​​should be captured so as not to draw in the opposite direction from that which opens the perspective of development in a way that will be able to satisfy all needs of children who will be the acquisition of knowledge and skills used later in life as something which will be followed and when it appears that the time growing up a little bit harder than expected and where to get involved and society and enable children to more easily and is pleased to learn that that they will need in the later period of their maturation into people who will know how to use for the purpose of providing better living conditions in which there is room for what leads them in the right direction to reach their goal that they set out to achieve , sooner or later .

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