Teachers play a transformative role in shaping the future. They are central to unlocking every child’s potential and driving the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4, focused on providing inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.
Yet, near the midpoint of 2030, we are confronted with the alarming reality of a pervasive global teacher shortage. To help us understand this problem and how to tackle it, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 and UNESCO will release the first Global Report on Teachers in early 2024 during the 14thPolicy Dialogue Forum.
Among the most concerning new findings in the report is the urgent need for more teachers. Meeting the ambitious goal of providing quality education for all by 2030 requires a staggering 44 million new primary and secondary teachers worldwide.
This shortage has far-reaching consequences, including overburdened teachers, large class sizes, educational inequalities and increased financial strain on educational systems.
Attrition rates of primary education teachers have nearly doubled globally between 2015 and 2022, from 4.6% to 9%, with teachers often leaving the profession within their first 5 years.