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World needs more teachers, quality education: UN agencies
an article by Dianne Penn, United Nations

The world will need to recruit more than five million teachers if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education is to be achieved by the 2015 deadline, according to four UN agencies.

UNESCO/Antonio Fiorente - Education in Ethiopia

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In a message marking World Teachers' Day, observed this Saturday (5 October), they say this challenge goes beyond numbers as more teachers must also mean better quality education through training and support.

Guy Ryder heads the International Labour Organization (ILO) which put out the message together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

"The key to our future is indeed in many ways in the hands of today's teachers; and the key to the future of teachers is in our hands. We must ensure that teachers and the basic human right of education do not become easy prey in the drive to cut public spending. Governments, the business community and workers' organizations need to take the lead in encouraging more talented women and men to take up this very noble profession."

The UN labour chief also emphasized the need to better link quality education, teaching and better jobs to ensure that learning today translates into employability tomorrow.

Note: Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.


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Following the Second High Level Forum of the United Nations on the Culture of Peace, Anwarul Chowdhury, a former Under-Secretary General of the UN, had this to say about what the UN is doing for a culture of peace.  His remarks were published by the Independent European Daily Express.

Civil society worldwide has been in the forefront of the global movement for the culture of peace, working diligently and patiently at the grassroots level, he said.

"I find it is the governments and power structures which are the most persistent foot-draggers with regard to advancing the culture of peace through policy steps and action," said Chowdhury, a former U.N. under-secretary-general and currently representing civil society and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace. . .  

The United Nations, he pointed out, has shown great vision by adopting its historic, norm-setting Declaration and PoA on the Culture of Peace in 1999, but has not been organised enough in making the document a system-wide flagship effort of the world body.

"I am a believer that the world, particularly the governments, will come to realise its true value and usefulness sooner than later," Chowdhury said.

This report was posted on October 11, 2013.