Without teachers in impoverished areas including sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the UN’s universal education goal still lacks 69 million teachers to achieve its goal.
According to UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics published during the World Teacher’s Day on October 5, the international community has a shortage of 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers to achieve the said goal.
About 263m children worldwide are out of school. An estimated 25 million are unlikely to ever receive any form of education. Only about 14% of young adults finish their studies in impoverished countries.
In sub-Saharan Africa – the region with the fastest growing school-age population – more than 70% of countries face teacher shortages in primary schools, while 90% do not have enough secondary teachers, according to the data. In order to meet sustainable development goal four, which specifically calls for more qualified teachers and more teacher training in developing countries, roughly 17 million primary and secondary teachers will need to be recruited and trained in sub-Saharan Africa within the next 14 years.
South Asia faces the second largest teacher shortage, with an additional 15 million teachers – 11 million at secondary level – needed by 2030.