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BLOG: This World Teachers' Day we share insights for decision makers to strengthen the roles of early years teachers.
Early years teachers have the powerful opportunity to support children as they grow. We must properly support them.
The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative launches the second study in a series which examines the experiences and challenges faced by members of the early childhood workforce. The lessons-learned from this series aim to help policymakers and others strengthen and support those working with young children and their families. Today, the Initiative launches a report focused on preschool teachers in Ukraine authored by researchers at Results for Development, the Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation, and the Institute for Education Development.
Finding ways to better position and support preschool teachers, who are at the core of the system, is crucial to addressing these challenges. Here are some insights from our study on preschool teachers in Ukraine.
Relative to professionals in other sectors, educators experience significantly more stress and suffer more often from mental health problems. Teacher well-being is critical and often overlooked.
Despite the difficulty in identifying exactly which specific qualifications and characteristics make for highly-qualified staff, both researchers and practitioners tend to agree that a highly qualified workforce is crucial for high-quality provision.
Teachers are an essential component in the success of any education system. High-quality teachers are critical to student learning, and competitive salaries are one of the most effective ways to attract and retain effective teachers. However, teachers in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region have fewer opportunities for salary raises compared with employees in other sectors, and the raises they do receive are often small relative to their compensation.
Education is not about learning the ‘right’ answers. It is about paying attention to and valuing people’s diverse learning processes, stimulating a dialogue between the learner and his or her environment.