Teachers: A Global Shortage

As we focus on teachers throughout the month of May, did you know that the supply of teachers throughout the world is falling, while the demand for teachers is growing? According to the latest UIS data, the world needs to create 1.7 million new teaching posts by 2015 to reach Universal Primary Education (UPE). Globally, 6.8 million teachers will be needed to ensure every child’s right to basic education.

This interactive infographic from UNESCO shows the gap between supply and demand, and the region where demand is most dramatic: sub-Saharan Africa.

What do you think? How are we doing on recruitment of new teachers? Are we getting the best and the brightest? What do we need to do different?

Let me know your thoughts @anthonysalcito.


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