28-29 November 2012 - Windhoek - Namibia
The teacher deficit is a global problem, a threat for the realization of the Education for All objectives and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The challenge is not only in quantitative terms, the quality of teachers and teaching is also a concern. With the United Nations Secretary-General’s ‘Education First’ initiative, the importance of quality education for all as a prerequisite for a peaceful, prosperous and equitable world has been asserted at the highest international political level, and teachers have been recognized as pillars in this.
Israel, 11-15 November 2012
The International Task Force on Teachers for EFA, MASHAV – the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Aharon Ofri Center of MASHAV jointly organize a High-Level Symposium on Educational Challenges in Science, Technology and ICT - New Millennium Learners and Innovative Learning Environments, in Israel on 11-15 November 2012.
The General Directorate of Continuing Education of Teachers in Service (DGFCMS) is responsible for guiding, supporting and evaluating training services aimed at teachers of basic education in Mexico, assuming its regulatory and technical support in terms of professionalization.
Sixteen European countries have reduced or frozen teachers' salaries in response to the economic downturn. Teachers in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia are the worst affected by budget restrictions and austerity measures, according to a report published by the European Commission to coincide with World Teachers' Day. Teachers' salaries in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Croatia and Liechtenstein have fallen slightly or stayed the same. However, the Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe 2011/12 report also shows that in four countries, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Iceland, teachers' salaries have increased since mid-2010, while pay in Romania is now almost back to pre-crisis levels.
Policies and Practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All (EFA) and UNESCO teams consisting of the TVET Section, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre-Bonn, and the UNESCO Regional Bureau-Beirut are initiating a study entitled “Policies and Practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region”. The study is a response to the TVET teacher gap in the Arab States, both qualitative and quantitative. Ten countries are being considered for the study. The proposed countries are Algeria, the Kingdom of Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
World Teachers' Day celebration in Brussels
11th October 2012
The Belgian Development Agency (BTC), the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA, Education International (EI), UNESCO and the European Commission are organizing a joint event to celebrate this year’s World Teachers’ Day, under the theme “Take a stand for teachers”.
The United Nations Secretary General - Message on World Teachers' Day
5 october 2012
No education system is better than its teachers. Teachers are the custodians of learning; they impart knowledge, values and skills; at their best, they tap into the hopes and talents of young people and help them to grow into productive citizens.
3-4 October 2012, UNESCO Paris
Internationally comparable teacher and teaching indicators and statistics are crucial in benchmarking system performance and monitoring progress towards the EFA (Education for All) and MDG (Millennium Development Goal) education goals. However, these indicators have until recently been rather limited in scope. The International Task Force on Teachers for EFA, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the UNESCO/Teachers and Higher Education Division thus join hands to develop a framework that could serve decision makers and practitioners in their quest for a better understanding of what contributes to an effective teaching force.