On World Teachers’ Day (5 October), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released the first-ever estimates of how many teachers are needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
In the next 14 years, countries must recruit 68.8 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers.
Sub-Saharan Africa faces the largest teacher gap: it will need a total of 17 million primary and secondary school teachers by 2030. It is also the region with the fastest-growing school-age population. It is already struggling to keep up with demand: more than 70% of the region’s countries face acute shortages of primary school teachers, rising to 90% for secondary education.
The data are available via the UNESCO eAtlas of Teachers, which features interactive maps and charts that can be shared.
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