Today, there are approximately 58 million children who do not attend school. Nearly 70% of these out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa and south and west Asia. Approximately 40% live in conflict-affected or fragile states and are at higher risk of being marginalized and caught in an endless cycle of poverty and violence. To reach these children more than 1.7 million new teachers are needed by the end of 2015.
“Teachers are the single most influential and powerful force for equity, access and quality in education.” — Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Well-trained teachers make a difference in the lives of children by improving learning outcomes and increasing attendance and pass rates, while also working to engage communities around schools to support education and become active in improving overall living conditions. The impacts can be very far reaching. For example, the Global Campaign for Education indicates if all children received a complete primary education, approximately 700,000 cases of HIV in young adults could be prevented each year. That adds up to seven million lives saved over a decade!