Teacher shortage in Africa

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has recently released the first-ever estimates of how many teachers are needed to achieve the global goal for education by 2030.

Teacher shortage is most severe in Africa

The greatest teacher shortages are in sub-Saharan Africa, which needs a total of about 17 million teachers to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030. About 6.3 million primary teachers are needed: 2.4 million to fill new teaching posts to accommodate all children and 3.9 million to replace the teachers expected to leave the profession. At the secondary level, the region must recruit 10.8 million teachers by 2030, including 7.1 million for new teaching positions and 3.7 million to replace those who have left.

How many teachers are required in Zambia

The figures indicate that 129,000 primary teachers need to be recruited in Zambia by 2030. It was not clear how many secondary teachers need to be recruited in Zambia by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4)

The Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) demands inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030. The needs are urgent, with an estimated 263 million children and youth still out of primary and secondary school globally, according to the new UIS paper. SDG 4 includes a specific call for more qualified teachers and more support from the international community for teacher training in developing countries.

For more information on these statistics please visit: www.uis.unesco.org

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