Mass Shortage of Teachers in Primary and Secondary Education

To mark World Teachers' Day (5 October), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) released in 2016 an estimate of how many teachers are needed to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), whose purpose is to guarantee an inclusive, equitable and quality education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. A total of 68.8 million teachers should be hired by 2030 in different countries, in order to provide all children with a primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers. The data is available in the UNESCO online Atlas of Teachers, which contains interactive maps and charts that can be shared or downloaded at

SDG 4 clearly requires a profound change in the delivery and quality of education and teachers. The quality of education systems depends on the quality of the teachers who teach lessons in classrooms. Numerous studies have confirmed the critical role that teachers play in improving the quality of education and learning outcomes. That is why SDG 4 advocates specifically for a significant increase in the number of qualified teachers and for the international community to provide more support for teacher training in developing countries (Goal 4.c).


The project was launched in 2019 within SEK Education Group, with the support of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, the Women for Africa Foundation and UNHCR. After several years promoting education in vulnerable contexts in Spain, SEK Education Group, together with its Camilo José Cela University Foundation, decided to continue promoting education in vulnerable contexts beyond its borders, focusing on the training of teachers in refugee camps.

EachTeach's began work at the Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya). After a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the context, the educational needs of the primary and secondary teachers in the area were determined, and the schools where the project’s future ambassadors would be working were chosen. These ambassadors, Kakuma teachers, were trained to act as local mentors for teachers and their contribution to the development of the EachTeach training material and the testing of the design of the digital platform were key.

Currently the platform has a repository of training material for teachers in vulnerable contexts that is constantly growing and an international community of mentors that support training. The next step will be to expand the functionality of the platform by allowing teachers to generate their own training content, honouring the name of the scheme, EachTeach: a global learning community in which everyone teaches.

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  • Is able to operate in low connectivity environments

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  • Repository of certified micro-courses for teachers

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