Teachers play a critical role in improving learning. Beyond any other school-based factor, teacher effectiveness has been found to be the most important predictor of student learning.
Despite this unquestionable fact, the world faces a shortage of teachers. According to UNESCO, nearly 70 million school teachers are required to provide every child with primary and secondary education by 2030.
What’s even more preoccupying is that a large number of teachers don’t have the required knowledge or pedagogical skills to teach effectively, which ultimately affects children’s learning.
GPE works with partner developing countries to ensure that every classroom has a qualified, motivated and well supported teacher who can unleash children’s learning potential.
GPE in action
GPE supports teachers through the following interventions:
Funding: For effective teaching to happen, teachers must have the right knowledge and skills as well as professional development opportunities. In 2018, 100% of GPE grants supported teacher training, while most of them supported other initiatives to improve teaching including teacher management, teacher recruitment, incentives, and development of teacher management information systems.
Better sector planning and data: GPE helps partner countries identify challenges related to teachers and teaching, adopt clear goals and targets to address them, and establish appropriate budgets, action plans and monitoring systems to operationalize strategies.
Empowering teachers: Given teachers’ ability to understand the local needs and context, they should actively participate in the policy dialogue. GPE supports the engagement of teachers in sector planning and monitoring and encourages the inclusion of teacher organizations in local education groups.
Leveraging the results-based portion of its grants to focus on innovative ways to support teachers and ensure more effective teaching and learning.
Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX): KIX investments will provide opportunities for capacity development, research and innovative practices to help countries improve both the quality of teaching and the effectiveness of teachers. The KIX regional hubs will encourage countries to learn from their peers on innovative approaches that have improved teaching standards and children’s learning.