Quality teachers are key to sustainable global development, and their training, recruitment, retention, status and working conditions are among the top priorities for the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Indeed, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 target of universal primary education by 2030, the demand for teachers is expected to rise to 25.8 million.
However, worldwide, there is a shortage of well trained teachers, and UNESCO is leading another Goal 4 target that calls for a substantial increase in qualified teachers. World Teachers’ Day, commemorated annually since 1994, focuses on such efforts to improve the status of teachers. This year's theme is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.
The 2017 edition of World Teachers’ Day will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. It will focus on institutional autonomy and academic freedom to highlight this year’s theme.
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