By Cecilia Ologunagba
On Monday, ahead of World Teachers’ Day, heads of United Nations agencies said teachers were the driving force behind the “global recovery in education” after COVID-19.
World Teachers’ Day is held on October 5th every year to celebrate all teachers around the world.
According to them, for the education system to recover from the COVID pandemic, it requires more investment in the well-being, training, professional development and working conditions of the 71 million educators around the world.
“Today we celebrate the exceptional dedication and courage of all teachers.
“We celebrate their ability to adapt and innovate under very difficult and uncertain conditions,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director of UNESCO, Henrietta Fore, Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Guy Ryder, senior official of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and leader of Education International. , David Edwards, in a joint statement.
World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on October 5, provides an important opportunity to call on governments and the international community to shine a light on teachers and their challenges, and share effective and promising policy responses.
“They are the main actors in the global efforts to revive education and are essential to accelerate progress towards inclusive and equitable quality education for every learner, in all circumstances,” the statement continued.
From the creative use of technology, to providing socio-emotional support to their students, to those most at risk of falling behind, teachers have been at the heart of the educational response to the crisis. COVID-19.
“Now is the time to recognize the exceptional role teachers play and give them the training, professional development, support and working conditions they need to deploy their talent,” said senior officials.
“The restoration of education will be successful if it is carried out hand in hand with teachers, giving them a voice and space to participate in decision-making,” they said.
As of September 27, schools have fully reopened in 124 countries, partially in 44 others, and remained fully closed in 16.
These figures underscore both the need to pay attention to the health and well-being of teachers when schools reopen, and to continue professional development to integrate and deploy effective educational technology.
According to UNESCO research, 71% of countries have given some priority to vaccinating teachers, but only 19 have included them in the first round of immunizations, while 59 other countries have not prioritized them in the teacher plans. deployment.
More efforts are needed to support teachers where and when distance and hybrid education is still needed.
Placing teachers at the heart of education recovery – this year’s goal – will require increasing the size of the workforce.
To celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2021, organizers and partners, including the World Bank, the Global Education Coalition and civil society organizations, will organize global and regional events and an advocacy campaign with the participation of the Network UNESCO Global Learning Cities.
The five-day series of events will feature panel discussions and online sessions to examine effective policies, evidence and innovative practices to help teachers achieve recovery success, build resilience and reinvent education in the post world. -pandemic, and advance the fourth sustainable development goal (SDG 4) of inclusive and equitable education.
Only 40% of countries have trained three-quarters or more of teachers in technologies related to distance learning during the pandemic.
Only six in ten countries provided professional development for teachers in psychosocial and emotional support.
The UN said 58% of countries provide teachers with content for distance learning, while 42% provide them with ICT tools and guarantee internet connectivity.
Just under a third of the 103 countries surveyed have recruited additional teachers for the reopening of schools, but the global gap remains high.
The global body said 69 million more teachers are needed globally to ensure universal primary and secondary education SDG target 4.1 by 2030.
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