How we work

The Teacher Task Force is a multi-stakeholder partnership of a voluntary nature working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education (SDG 4) by focusing on teachers.
It seeks to support and complement existing global, regional and national initiatives through advocacy, knowledge creation and sharing. The underlying principle of the Teacher Task Force is one of self-help, namely that all those who seek to participate in the TTF, wish also to improve education in their own countries and are willing to participate in discussions that may benefit other countries.


Structure of the Task Force

To fulfill its mandate, the structure of the Teacher Task Force includes:

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The Teacher Task Force relies largely on its network of focal points in member countries and organisations.

The membership meets once a year to review progress made and to discuss future direction.

New members may join the Task Force partnership upon acceptance in writing by decision of the Steering Committee. Countries and organizations can first submit their request to the Secretariat.

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is accountable to the Task Force. It provides strategic guidance to the Secretariat and reviews its work. It is composed of representatives of the major constituencies of the Task Force.

Two Co-Chairs are elected from amongst members of the Steering Committee, each for a period of two years. One represents a member country and the other a funding member.

The Secretariat

The Task Force Secretariat consists of an operational team, hosted by and established within UNESCO in Paris. The Secretariat is responsible for developing annual work plans and objectives based on the Task Force strategic objectives. These work plans will define targets associated with the objectives; specify activities to achieve these targets and annual performance indicators designed to measure progress.


The Teacher Task Force seeks to cooperate substantively with other relevant organisations and networks working on teacher’s issues such as, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, the Global Education Monitoring Report, etc. Furthermore, it relies strongly on expertise from academic and research institutions specialized on teachers and teaching.

Please see the page on partners' activities for more information. 


Funding of the Teacher Task Force 

Members and partners may make voluntary contributions to the Teacher Task Force through accounts set up at UNESCO for this purpose. These may include financial and in-kind contributions, such as secondments. Direct contribution for activities facilitated by the TTF could also be made (willing partners can contact the Secretariat for funding modalities).  

For more information on the way the Teacher Task Force operates,  please refer to the revised Terms of reference.

Teacher Task Force

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