Posted on October 04, 2019

In the face of poor wages being paid to teachers, and not giving them their true value, attracting and retaining talent could be a challenge, said Daniello Padilla, speaking on behalf of the Director, Unesco Regional Office in Doha, Anna Paolini, on Thursday.

Padilla was speaking at an event at the Qatar National Convention Center. The event was held on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day to deliver the joint United Nations message on contribution of young teachers as the future of the profession. Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohammed Abdulwahed al Hammadi attended the event. Padilla said that lack of resources for children with special educational needs, people with disabilities, refugees, and young multilingual students could deprive children of the basic need of education. 

Padilla stressed the urgency of taking the necessary measures in this context, and said that by reviewing the figures of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the world today needs about 69 million new teachers to meet the 2030 education agenda. He added that 70 percent of sub-Saharan countries suffer from severe shortage of teachers, which goes up to 90 percent at the secondary level. He pointed out that these problems were evident in rural and crisis-stricken areas in developing countries, where teachers, especially women, faced isolation and violence, and the migration of teachers to urban areas left rural schools underemployed.

Daniello Padilla asserted that to address this situation, the pivotal role of teachers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was reaffirmed at UNESCO’s Global Education Forum and at the Eleventh Policy Dialogue Forum of the 2030 Task Force on Teachers for Education. Padilla also called on governments to improve employment and working conditions for teachers, and to make the teaching profession the first choice for young people. On behalf of the honoured teachers, Saeed Salah al Malki, from the Sumaysima Primary School for Boys, praised the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organise this celebration annually and to honour the teachers who spend years in this profession in the country teaching future generations and play an active role in the educational process with a constant pursuit to develop themselves professionally.

Malki called on his fellow teachers to work hand in hand to achieve the desired goals in the development of human and society, and in helping realiseQatar National Vision 2030. The State of Qatar celebrates the World Teachers’ Day annually, as approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 5 each year, in recognition the role of teachers as the main pillar of the educational process.