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About us

No education is possible without an adequate number of qualified and motivated teachers

Providing education opportunities to all children, youth and adults is a basic human right and a lever of national and global development. Teachers play a central role in this provision.


Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the crucial role of education as essential to the success of all. The dedicated goal on education (SDG 4) aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

The SDG4-Education 2030 Framework for Action highlights teachers as the key to achieving quality, equitable and inclusive education for all by 2030. As such, the SDG 4 target on teachers (target 4.c) states that, by 2030, we need to "substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and Small Island developing States".

Indeed, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the world will be facing an acute shortage of qualified teachers. 69 million teachers must be recruited to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers. The greatest teacher shortages are in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 70% of countries facing shortages of primary school teachers and up to 90% of countries for secondary education.

Created in 2008, upon agreement in the Oslo Declaration, the International Task Force on Teachers, also called The Teachers Task Force, is a voluntary global alliance including national governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, international development agencies, civil society organizations, private sector organizations, and UN agencies, working together to address the 'teacher gap', as well as implement and monitor target 4.c to achieve Education 2030 targets and commitments. 

For further information, please contact the Secretariat of the Task Force, located within UNESCO :

7, place de Fontenoy 75732 - Paris - France
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Teacher Task Force

7, place de Fontenoy
75732 - Paris - France

Phone:  +33 (0) 1 45 68 08 85
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