Teachers are the players with the greatest influence on children’s learning. They provide their pupils with the tools they need to analyse and solve problems and make effective use of their skills. However, many of the world’s education systems do not manage to prepare, support, motivate and manage their teachers. As a result, many children who attend school still do not acquire basic reading and arithmetical skills or the socio-emotional skills needed to realise their full potential.
It is estimated that by 2030 the number of teachers in the world will be 6.8 million short of that needed if every child is to have access to primary and secondary education. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are those most affected by this teacher shortage.
The loss of teaching time is a challenge facing many school systems. The data for 1 300 villages in India show that unannounced visits found nearly 24% of teachers to be absent. This problem is particularly serious in rural areas, thus adding to the disadvantages already suffered by rural pupils. Cutting absenteeism would be more than ten times more beneficial in increasing teacher-pupil contact time than recruiting additional teachers.
CSI works to promote basic and further teacher training in nearly all its partner countries.
Sources: World Bank, Aide et Action