UNESCO warns of global crisis of teacher shortages

PARIS— The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) urged the governments of its member States to increase support for teachers, warning of a deficit of 69 million teachers to provide universal basic education by 2030.

On World Teachers’ Day, celebrated every Oct 5 since 1994, UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay called attention to a phenomenon that hits hardest in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Lack of training, unattractive working conditions, and inadequate funding are the factors that undermine the profession and aggravate the global learning crisis,” the official warned.

According to Azoulay, UNESCO has always placed teachers at the center of the struggle for the right to inclusive and quality education to contribute to the present and future generations.

She stressed that acknowledging teachers, on whom our children’s future depends to a great extent, is urgent.

According to the UN agency, more than 24 million teachers are needed for primary education and more than 44 million for secondary education to reach universal basic education by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal four.