World Teachers' Day
is on Saturday, October 5, and this year UNESCO
has adopted the theme: Young Teachers, The Future of the Profession.
UNESCO's rationale for choosing this theme was premised on demographic projections that suggest "large percentages of teachers [are] likely to retire from practice in the coming decade . . . a major concern is that not enough young candidates are coming into the profession to replace them. Over 69 million teachers must be recruited by 2030 for primary and secondary education to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 4
education targets. Of this number, 48.6 million new recruits will be needed to replace those who are to leave the profession either through retirement or voluntarily."
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 4
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
As I've written in previous spotlight
stories, in LRSD, we are privileged in contrast to many parts of the world. Although we face challenges of teacher shortages in certain program areas (i.e., French Immersion), and we worry about the inequities in outcomes for our most vulnerable children and youth, our challenges pale in contrast to other regions of the world.
Anthony Lake, UNICEF
Executive Director (2010-2017), reminds us that "education is the key to a better life for every child and the foundation of every strong society" but laments that "far too many children are still being left behind."
I applaud UNESCO's Young Teachers, The Future of the Profession theme as we must remember, each day, to value, nurture and empower our teachers if we are to see our public education system thrive in LRSD and throughout Manitoba. Even for our privileged communities in Canada, recruitment and retainment of our teacher workforce will soon be a challenge that extends beyond the French Immersion program and other specializations. To overcome that challenge, young Manitobans need to see governments and the broader society value teachers as much as they do media and business personalities or professional athletes.
We too often take our public education system for granted and when we do, we jeopardize a sustainable and successful future.
A thriving and flourishing
future depends on the quality of education systems in all regions of the world. Moreover, quality education can only be achieved by "putting our money where our mouth is" by valuing teachers and their learners.
For more information visit UNESCO World Teachers' Day
- Christian Michalik, Superintendent