As the world prepares to celebrate World Teachers’ Day on the theme of
“Teachers for Gender Equality”, new figures indicate that two million
new teaching positions will be needed in order to meet the goal of
universal primary education by 2015.
Gender balance among staff is vital: countries with a higher
proportion of female primary teachers are more likely to have higher
enrolment rates for girls in secondary schools.
In addition, the supply of primary teachers is simply not matching the
demand - particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNESCO’s
Institute for Statistics.
Held annually on 5 October to celebrate the central role of teachers
in all countries, World Teachers’ Day 2011 events comprise:
An online discussion on “Teachers for Gender Equality” which has
gathered views to feed into a debate in UNESCO Headquarters on World
A Policy Forum (3-4 October) on promoting gender equality in education
at school, classroom and institutional levels, organized by UNESCO’s
International Institute for Education Planning
A message from UNESCO and its partners read by Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO to open World Teachers’ Day celebrations.
Testimonies, debates and numerous side events
Gender equality in education is a major global concern, but despite
commitments to international gender goals, the majority of
out-of-school children, and two-thirds of illiterate adults are
female. Women and girls thus form the largest single category of
people deprived of full and equal opportunities for education.