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Teacher gaps, education and post-2015 goals and the next EFA GMR


The chronic lack of trained teachers is impeding progress in education

To mark World Teachers Day, the EFA GMR has released a new policy paper and new infographics with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) showing the persistent chronic shortage of trained teachers around the world. The paper shows the extent of the teacher gap now, and the numbers that will be needed to join the profession by 2020 and 2030 in order to achieve universal primary education. The GMR also shows that rushing to fill the teacher gap has meant that many countries are hiring teachers with little or no training. As a result, providing already working teachers with training is a far larger task for some countries than hiring new candidates to the profession.

Mariam Khalique, former teacher of Malala Yousafzai, and a GMR spokesperson, explains the difficulties of working with little support in the Swat Valley, Pakistan on a GMR blog

Teacher Advocacy Toolkit for quality education

Teachers, better than anyone, know the challenges of teaching large classrooms and the knock-on effects of not having adequate training. In order to help teachers use the evidence based recommendations contained within the EFA GMR 2013/4, Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all, the GMR has produced a new advocacy toolkit for teachers in partnership with the International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All and Education International. The toolkit offers resources and practical steps for teachers to get involved in campaigning with their policy makers for a quality education and was also launched today in time for World Teachers Day.

Complementing this publication, the EFA GMR also launched an online questionnaire for teachers around the world to help provide insight on some of the key themes appearing in the EFA GMR 2015 due out next year. Please share both these resources with your networks. We are keen to hear from everyone.

Post-2015 sustainable development begins with education 

During the first week of the UN General Assembly, the GMR launched a new booklet highlighting the links between education and each of the proposed post-2015 sustainable development goals. The booklet received support in the form of contributing quotes from numerous high-profile representatives from across the development world, including the United Nations Secretary General, the Director-General of UNESCO, the President of the World Bank, the Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, the Prime Minister of Norway, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, the Founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation and the President, Foundation for Community Development & Founder, Graça Machel Trust, Graça Machel.

It was launched in New York at a joint event with the UN Secretary Global Education First Initiative, and included speakers from the EFA GMR, Women Deliver, the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. View photos from the event.

Lessons from Dakar

Over the past month, a new blog series has begun on the GMR’s World Education Blog, giving a retrospective view of the Education for All agenda since the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000. As we are counting down to the end of 2015, this series offers a space for reflection and lessons learnt for those setting new global education goals today. The guest bloggers so far include Svein Osttveit, Maris O’Rourke, Abhimanyu SinghDavid ArcherClinton RobinsonSheldon Schaeffer and Birger Fredriksen.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2015

The EFA GMR 2015 is currently on its third draft, and an external review has already been completed. The comments from the review are now being carefully examined for the next draft of the Report.  The official monitor of progress towards the Education for All goals, the EFA GMR presents an overview of the EFA process since 2000 in its next Report and lists recommendations for ways to approach a new education agenda post-2015.  Using the latest data and data stretching back to 2000, the text extracts trends, identifies key barriers, celebrates successes and informs discussions about how to monitor the new goals set after-2015, and ways to ensure no-one is left behind.
The 2015 EFA GMR will be published to mark the fifteen year anniversary of the Dakar World Education Forum, and to inform the discussions taking place at the 2015 World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea.  

External Evaluation of the EFA Global Monitoring Report

Approximately every three years the EFA GMR commissions an external evaluation of the quality of its annual report and other products, the impact of its outreach and communication strategies, and the cost-effectiveness of its expenditures. Following a competitive bidding process, the consulting firm Education for Change (EfC) was hired in December 2013 for the task. Its findings were presented and discussed at the GMR Advisory Board meeting held in Paris on 19 June 2014.

The external evaluation report included a set of 15 recommendations. The EFA GMR has responded to each of these recommendations in turn, summarizing comments raised by the Advisory Board, presenting a concluding response by the EFA GMR, and laying out a set of next steps that the EFA GMR proposes to take forward.
Launching a Youth Photography Competition!

We are launching a photo competition for 18-30 year olds, with a USD$500 prize for the winner. The winner will also have the chance of seeing their photo printed in the next Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and promoted globally to media and at our numerous launch events. Download the competition guidelines to find out more.


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The EFA Report Team

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