Celebrate World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.The 2017 edition of World Teachers’ Day will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel with a special focus on institutional autonomy and academic freedom to encompass this year's slogan “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.

New in-service training for ECE teachers launched in Rwanda

August 16, 2017Photo Credit Ricardo GangaleAiming to improve situations for youth in Rwanda, Dubai Cares has introduced two new programs in August. One of the programs announced by Dubai Cares and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) will prepare children aged 3 to 6 to enter school.The program, Early Childhood Education: Strengthening School Readiness in Rwanda, will roll out in the district of Nyamasheke and prepare 2,610 children to enter school. The pilot intervention not only targets children, but also Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers. The program will provide in-service training for teachers and strengthen their capacity to provide children with the education and care they need to succeed in school.You can read more about the program here.

Starting Strong 2017

August 15, 2017The OECD report, Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care, has been released and stresses how Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) lays the groundwork for the future. The report aims to provide current and reliable information for countries to improve their ECEC services.Starting Strong 2017 focuses on several key points related to the topic of the early years workforce; such as the gender disparity within the workforce, training for practitioners, salaries and workload.The report indicates that, 97% of pre-primary educators are female. This gender imbalance is present across the globe and provides issues for the field. Similarly, an ageing workforce in some countries will present an issue in the coming years.Most OECD countries require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent; however, the length of the initial training for pre-primary teachers fluctuates between countries. Moreover, there is a need for more in-service training and ongoing education for teachers in this field.Salaries and the workload of pre-primary teachers were also discussed in the Starting Strong 2017 report. On average, pre-primary teachers in OECD countries only receive 74% of the average salary of tertiary-educated worker.A low salary is often exacerbated by large group sizes, low staff to child ratios and heavy workloads. Practitioners with heavy workloads often struggle to perform as well. OECD countries vary in the number of contact hours teachers have with children and non-statutory or non-contact hours are not taken into account in the report. The average staff to child ratio at the pre-primary level is 14 children for every teacher.You can read the full report, here.