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We need to invest in young teachers

October 04 th, 2019.
By choosing this year’s theme to be “Young teachers: the future of the profession”, the World Teachers’ Day’s co-convening agencies wish to address one of the issues that has been plaguing the profession for some time now: how can the teaching profession attract and retain young, bright talents in the…
Authored by Inès da Silva, Communications Officer, International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030    According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 258 million children and youth are not in school. More worrisome is that over 600 million children and adolescents who are enrolled in school are not learning…

#TVETTeachersMatter

July 15 th, 2019.
By Maud Seghers, Senior Education Advisor, TVET and Environment, VVOB – education for development   What better occasion than World Youth Skills Day to celebrate Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers? With this year’s theme being “learning to learn for life and work”, focusing on TVET teachers is…
Education is the driving force in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Education equips people with the competences to secure decent jobs (SDG 8), the skills to take action to combat climate change (SDG 13), and the values to build more inclusive and peaceful societies (SDG 16). It carries…
By Line Kuppens, Senior Education Advisor Primary and Secondary Education, VVOB - education for development   By substantially increasing the supply of qualified teachers (Target 4.C), governments and development partners all over the world aim to reach Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and ensure that by 2030 all learners have access…
By Robert White, Professor, Le Moyne College and University of Aberdeen   Achieving inclusive and equitable education is the first step in developing a culture of peace and prosperity and a world that leaves no one behind. However, what is inclusive and equitable education and how do we achieve social…
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 will once again be taking part in the European Development Days (EDD) by organising a Lab Debate that will be taking place on 19 June 2019. This year, the EDD are being held under the theme “Addressing inequalities: building a world…
Teachers are vital to developing students’ knowledge, attitude and skills to constructively and responsibly engage in society, uphold the principle of justice and help build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. UNESCO and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have partnered on a joint project titled "UNESCO/UNODC Initiative on…
To guide its work during 2019, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 has adopted a comprehensive work plan.Based on the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the 2019 work plan establishes specific activities to be undertaken by the Teacher Task Force in order to achieve its goals: improving teacher quantity…
The focal points of the African countries member of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 21-22 March to discuss and agree on the way they could work together to implement the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and collaborate with the different structures composing…

What has the Teacher Task Force done in 2018?

April 03 rd, 2019.
The International Task Force on Teachers for 2030 has just published its 2018 annual report. 2018 was the first year of the implementation of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030’s new 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Adopted during 2017 annual meeting, the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan reaffirms the Teacher Task…
Following the recommendations of the its Annual Meeting, held in November 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 is convening the first meeting of the African regional focal points. Hosted by the UNESCO Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in Addis Ababa…
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (Teacher Task Force) is organizing a Strategy Lab during the upcoming Mobile Learning Week 2019. This year, the theme of the event “Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development” will look at the opportunities and threats linked to the use of AI in…
At its annual meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 5-9 November, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 adopted a declaration focused on ensuring that teacher issues stay at the centre of the global education agenda.     Through this declaration, the Teacher Task Force reinforces its vision…

What makes a qualified teacher?

October 05 th, 2018.
“The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”. This can seem like a simple enough statement, until one looks closely at what being a “qualified teacher” means. One of the ways to define a qualified teacher is as a teacher “who has at least the minimum academic…
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 4 on quality and inclusive education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) on teachers, the education community recognized teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda.As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year, we take this occasion…
The International Teachers Task Force on Education 2030 will host a Lab Debate at this year’s European Development Days. Titled “Female Teachers and Gender Equality in Education”, our debate will look into how we can support women to enter and remain in the teaching profession, as well as gender-responsive teaching…
Achieving Education 2030 targets and commitments requires efficient and accurate systems to measure progress. International learning assessments are important contributions to the collection of cross-national data that can assess progress towards these targets.UNESCO partnered with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) on a joint report to…
Following the adoption of the Education 2030 agenda, putting teachers at the centre of the right to quality education, the Government of Togo set out to develop a comprehensive national teacher policy. The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 is called upon to support countries requesting technical assistance…
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (TTF), as stated in its mission and as one of the specific objectives of its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, is called upon to support countries requesting technical assistance on teachers and teaching. It is in this context that the TTF supported Madagascar…
The Teacher Task Force’s Mobile Learning Week workshop was a resounding success with high participation. Nearly 55% of the participants who took our workshop survey indicated that the presentations made by our members were very useful. Participants to the Teacher Task Force’s Mobile Learning Week workshop were also invited to…
How do the top-ranked countries in education achieve outstanding school performance? What are the reasons behind the rise of their school performance? This was the discussion subject of a conference organized by the Permanent Delegation of Argentina to UNESCO in March. As teachers constitute one of the key elements behind…
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (Teacher Task Force) is organizing a workshop during the upcoming Mobile Learning Week 2018. This year, the theme of the event “Skills for a Connected World” will examine the types of skills needed in and for a connected economy and society,…
The Teacher Task Force and the World Bank are joining forces to see how data can benefit the development of teacher policies.     Using the Systems Approach for Better Education Results for Teachers (SABER-Teachers) tools and guidelines, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (Teacher Task Force)…
In Zimbabwe, a teacher’s passion became a sustainable way of life for a community. Headteacher Sibanga Ncube took at heart a Zimbabwean saying when he decided to teach permaculture to his students. During Mr Ncube pre-service teaching education there was no training in Education for Sustainable Development. However, while pursuing…
Josephine Nyirampuha, 28, is an early grade teacher in Nibori village, in Nyamasheke district, Rwanda. Her classroom is a wooden hut with a mud floor and no furniture, in which she tries to equip 58 local children with quality early childhood education (ECE). She receives no government salary, surviving on…
Isabella Kituyi, 39, is a teacher at Kimwanga Special School for the Hearing impaired. Before receiving training as part of VSO’s Community Empowerment for Deaf Inclusion (CEDI), she had scraped by for years without any training in sign language or in meeting the different needs of children with disabilities. Isabella…

“I love teaching – but it is so difficult”

October 05 th, 2017.
Grace Chigwechokha, 41, is a dedicated Standard 2 teacher at Chiuzimbi Primary School in Lilongwe, Malawi. She loves teaching – but struggles with the impossible task of educating a class of 84 children ranging in age from six to 14 years old.  She is frustrated by the challenge of trying…

Celebrating World Teachers Day 2017

October 04 th, 2017.
  #WorldTeachersDay is right around the corner!   This year, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (Teachers Task Force) will be featuring the work of one of its new Steering Committee member, VSO International. VSO International is a world’s leading independent international development organization that works through…
The International Task Force on Teachers of UNESCO organizes its annual meeting and its 10th Policy Dialogue Forum in Lomé, Togo, from 18 to 21 September 2017. The International Policy Dialogue Forum, more than a forum for discussion and sharing of good practices, is also the privileged opportunity to address…
L'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants de l'UNESCO organise sa réunion annuelle et son 10e forum de dialogue politique à Lomé (Togo) du 18 au 21 septembre 2017. Le forum international de dialogue politique, plus qu'un cadre de discussion et de partage de bonnes pratiques, est également le moment privilégié…
28-30 Août 2017 Bangkok, Thailand Bien qu'elles n'aient jamais été aussi nombreuses à aller à l'école, les filles ne jouissent pas toujours d'une égalité des chances pour compléter le cursus de leur choix et en récolter les fruits. Un domaine de préoccupation de longue date est le faible taux de…
28-30 August 2017 Bangkok, Thailand More female students are in school today than ever before but they do not always have equal opportunities to complete and benefit from an education of their choice. One area of longstanding concern is the low rate of female participation in science, technology, engineering and…
Depuis 1990, de nombreux pays en développement ont eu recours au recrutement massif d'enseignants contractuels pour répondre à la demande d'éducation. L'Equipe spéciale s'est penchée sur l'emploi de cette catégorie d'enseignants dans des pays francophones d'Afrique subsaharienne, et pose la question : Comment les pays de l'Afrique sub-saharienne et leurs…
28-30 Août 2017 Bangkok, Thailand Bien qu'elles n'aient jamais été aussi nombreuses à aller à l'école, les filles ne jouissent pas toujours d'une égalité des chances pour compléter le cursus de leur choix et en récolter les fruits. Un domaine de préoccupation de longue date est le faible taux de…
28-30 August 2017 Bangkok, Thailand More female students are in school today than ever before but they do not always have equal opportunities to complete and benefit from an education of their choice. One area of longstanding concern is the low rate of female participation in science, technology, engineering and…
Dans la foulée de la conférence mondiale sur l’Éducation pour tous, tenue à Jomtien en 1990, et comme conséquence des programmes d’ajustement structurel, de nombreux pays en développement ont eu recours au recrutement massif d’enseignants contractuels pour répondre à la demande d’éducation. La présente communication du Colloque international en éducation…
Le Comité directeur et le groupe de travail ad hoc de l'Équipe spéciale sur les enseignants se sont réunis du 9 au 12 mai 2017 au siège de l'UNESCO pour discuter des résultats et des recommandations de l'évaluation externe, en vue de l'élaboration, du plan stratégique 2018-2021 et de la…

Steering Commitee and Ad hoc Working Group Meeting

May 12 th, 2017.
The Steering Committee and the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Task Force on Teachers met from 9 to 12 May 2017 at UNESCO Headquarters to discuss the outcomes and recommendations of the external evaluation that will guide the development of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and the revision of the…
Save the date Annual meeting and 10th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers Lomé (Togo), 18-21 September 2017 The International Task Force on Teachers of UNESCO will be holding its annual meeting and 10th Policy Dialogue Forum in Lomé (Togo) on 18-21 September 2017. This year's Forum…
BLOQUEZ VOTRE AGENDA ! Réunion annuelle et 10e Forum de dialogue politique de l'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants Lomé (Togo), 18-21 septembre 2017 L'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants de l'UNESCO organisera sa réunion annuelle et son 10e forum de dialogue politique à Lomé (Togo) du 18 au 21…
The teacher Task Force will participate in the "Unite for Quality Education and Leadership Conference" organized by Education International in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 to 5 May 2017. You can find all the information about the Conference here. Live streaming video of the Conference will also be made available. You can…
L'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants participera à la Conférence "Uni(e) pour une éducation et un leadership de qualité", organisée par l'internationale de l'Éducation du 3 au 5 mai 2017, à Rotterdam au Pays-Bas.Vous trouverez toutes les informations relatives à la conférence ici.Il sera aussi possible de suivre la conférence…
UNHCR reported that there are over 21.3 million refugees worldwide and half of it are children, badly in need of assistance, especially in terms of education. As technology can offer solutions to teachers in crisis and emergencies to better respond to children's needs, the UNESCO 2017 edition of Mobile Learning…
Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés a affirmé qu'il y a plus de 21,3 millions de réfugiés dans le monde et que la moitié d'entre eux sont des enfants, et qu'ils ont besoin d'aide, spécialement en termes d'éducation. Etant donné que la technologie peut aider les enseignants dans…
Dans la poursuite des efforts pour la mise en place d'une politique relative aux enseignants en Érythrée, une réunion tripartite a été tenue à l'UNESCO entre le Représentant du Ministère de l'Education de l'Érythrée, le Finn Church Aid (FCA) et le Secrétariat de l'Équipe spéciale, le vendredi 24 mars 2017.…
In pursuing initiated efforts in building the Teacher Policy in Eritrea, a tripartite meeting among the Eritrea Ministry of Education Representative, Finn Church Aid (FCA) and TTF Secretariat was held at UNESCO on Friday, 24 March 2017. The meeting was honoured with the attendance of HE Ambassador of Eritrea to…
The key and paramount factor in sustainable education reform is the involvement of teachers and teachers' representations in social dialogue and policy reform. It is with this in mind that UNESCO, in partnership with Education International (EI), and support from the Global Partnership for Education, initiated the project "Improving teacher…
Le facteur essentiel et primordial d'une réforme durable de l'éducation passe par la participation des enseignants ainsi que des représentations des enseignants au dialogue social et à la réforme des politiques. C'est dans cet esprit que l'UNESCO a initié en 2014 le projet « Améliorer le soutien et la participation…
BLOQUEZ VOTRE AGENDA ! Réunion annuelle et 10e Forum de dialogue politique de l'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants Lomé (Togo), 18-21 septembre 2017 L'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants de l'UNESCO organisera sa réunion annuelle et son 10e forum de dialogue politique à Lomé (Togo) du 18 au 21…
Save the date Annual meeting and 10th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers Lomé (Togo), 18-21 September 2017 The International Task Force on Teachers of UNESCO will be holding its annual meeting and 10th Policy Dialogue Forum in Lomé (Togo) on 18-21 September 2017.This year's Forum…
Paris, 7 February, 2016 – Contributing expertise to respond to the global teacher challenges is what drives countries and organizations to join the TTF. Finn Church Aid (FCA) is doing right that. Solicited by the TTF Secretariat on a request from the Ministry of Education of Eritrea, the management of…
Le 8e forum de dialogue politique sur le thème « La mise en œuvre de la cible sur les enseignants dans les objectifs de développement durables (ODD) et l'Éducation 2030 » s'est tenu à Mexico du 15 au 17 mars 2016. L'emphase a été mis sur le partage de politiques…

Déclaration de Mexico

November 21 st, 2016.
Lors de la dernière session en plénière du 8e forum de dialogue politique, les participants ont unanimement adopté la Déclaration de Mexico sur les enseignants pour Éducation 2030 La déclaration a réaffirmé l'importance du développement et du soutien professionnel ainsi que de l'utilisation des TIC en tant que moyens essentiels…
The 8th Policy Dialogue Forum on "Implementing the Teacher Target in the Sustainable Development Goals and Education 2030" was held in Mexico City from 15 to 17 March 2016. The forum aimed at sharing relevant policies, practices and tools among international key stakeholders with a view to facilitating the understanding,…

Mexico declaration

November 21 st, 2016.
At the final plenary session of the 8th Policy Dialogue Forum, participants unanimously adopted the Teachers for Education 2030: Mexico DeclarationThe declaration affirmed the importance of professional development and support and use of ICTs as vital to bridge gaps in teacher supply and quality in order to achieve SDG 4.…
Since the adoption of the SDGs and the Framework for Action of Education 2030 Agenda, the objective of the International Task Force on Teachers is to use the platform of its annual policy dialogue fora – its flagship programme – to unpack the meaning and implications of the teacher target…
Depuis l'adoption des ODD et du Cadre d'action de l'agenda Éducation 2030, l'intention de l'Équipe spéciale internationale sur les enseignants est d'utiliser la plateforme de ses forums annuels de dialogue politique - son programme phare - pour étudier le sens et les enjeux de la cible concernant les enseignants, notamment…
Le 5 octobre 2016, l'UNESCO accueillera la Journée mondiale des enseignants qui marquera cette année le 50e anniversaire de la Recommandation OIT/UNESCO concernant la condition du personnel enseignant de 1966. Le thème choisi par l'UNESCO et ses partenaires pour la Journée mondiale des enseignants 2016 est : «Valorisons les enseignant(e)s, améliorons…

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Participate to the World Teachers' Day 2016

September 28 th, 2016.
UNESCO will be hosting the World Teachers' Day celebrated annually on 5 October, which will mark this year the 50th anniversary of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This year, the theme chosen by UNESCO and its partners for World Teachers' Day 2016 is: "Valuing Teachers, Improving…

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On line with the Sustainable Development Goals, for which governments and partners committed to "ensure quality education and learning opportunities throughout life for all" and agreed to make teachers the priority of their education programs, UNESCO is a privileged place to share experiences on innovative practices including on teacher training.This…

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