Better policies for teacher status and training: Seventh International Policy Dialogue Forum

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Ministry officials and experts from around the world will be discussing better policies for teacher status and training at the Seventh International Policy Dialogue Forum in Morocco on 15-19 December 2014, led by UNESCO’s International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All (EFA).

The Forum, with the theme “Teachers in Post-2015 International Education Agenda: What policies, practices and tools for the teacher-related target?” will focus on inclusion and equity in teacher policies and practices, innovation in teaching and teacher education, as well as on the professional status of teachers.

Under pressure to fill gaps, many countries are recruiting teachers who lack the most basic training. In one-third of countries with data, fewer than 75% of primary school teachers were trained according to national standards in 2012, which is affecting the quality of learning for children. (Source: UIS)

Following through with the continued efforts of the EFA movement, teachers are now highlighted by the international community as key for sustainable education.  The Muscat agreement adopted in May 2014 at the Global Education Meeting (GEM)  specifies as one of its proposed targets that by 2030 “all learners are taught by qualified, professionally-trained, motivated and well-supported teachers”. 

More than 27 million teachers need to be hired by 2030, 24 million of whom will be required to compensate for attrition.  With this in mind, the Forum will provide feedback and inform discussions on teacher policies, training and status in view of the World Education Forum 2015 (WEF-2015, Incheon, Republic of Korea 19-22 May 2015), which aims to set the direction of education for the next 15 years. 

Back-to-back with the Forum there will be a Task Force Steering Committee and Members meeting on 15 December, a validation workshop of a Guide for the Development of a National Teacher Policy on 18 December and an experts’ meeting on Teacher Management in Fragile States on 18-19 December.

The Forum and meetings are organized by the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA (a voluntary global alliance of EFA partners working together to address the teacher gap) and the UNESCO Rabat Office, and are hosted by the Ministry of Education of Morocco.  Some 250 people from national governments, global and regional intergovernmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, development agencies, private companies and foundations and international experts will participate in the Forum.