UNESCO calls on governments to invest on teachers

Paris - On World Teachers' Day, UNESCO called on governments today to increase investment in the training and development of teachers in order to boost learning recovery, hit by Covid-19.

According to a statement from this organization concercing this date, teachers' training, professional development, and leadership skills are key to mitigate inequalities in education, enhanced by the pandemic.

Over 60 million teachers on the five continents have suffered the effects of this pandemic, which explains the call launched on Monday to governments and the international community.

'If urgent measures are not taken and investments are not increased, the learning crisis could turn into an educational catastrophe,' warned UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in a joint statement with top authorities of UNICEF, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Education International.

These officials insisted on the importance of reinforcing teachers' resilience in times of crisis and their training in digital and pedagogical skills to teach remotely, online, and through blended or hybrid learning methods, regardless of the available technological level.

In the context of World Teachers' Day, UNESCO prepared a program of activities for the week, which includes a video conference and the presentation of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum prize, which will be given this year to initiatives from Brazil, Egypt and Portugal.

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