"Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers" is the theme of this year's World Teachers' Day, celebrated around the world since 1994.
The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education, said a statement from UNESCO.
It requires teachers to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed to deliver quality education, which must take into account learners' circumstances, needs and expectations.
UNESCO in a statement acknowledged that crises, conflicts, and insecurity, alongside rising intolerance and discrimination, as well as budgetary restrictions are some of the factors affecting teachers in much of the world, undermining both their freedom and empowerment.
The international community undertook to provide universal primary and secondary education by 2030, and it is estimated that countries will need to recruit 68,8 million primary and secondary education teachers to make this target, added the statement UNESCO.
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