Global Education & Skills Forum

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12 - 13 March 2016

Atlantis The Palm,
Dubai, U.A.E.

Where are the biggest teacher shortages?

In order for the Global Goal of an education for every child by 2030 to be achieved, the UN has estimated that approximately 26 million new teachers will need to be recruited around the world.

This UN map shows that teacher shortages are a global hindrance to education, with the biggest teacher shortage impacting children’s education in Nigeria, where at least 380,000 more teachers are needed.

teacher shortages world map

The problem is likely to get worse in the future, as the next map illustrates. Both India and China will need a staggering 3 and 3.5 million teachers respectively by 2030.

demand for teachers world map

It’s also important to consider the impact the refugee crisis will have upon teacher shortages. There are currently 24 million children out of education due to conflict, and the influx of refugees from Syria into neighbouring countries such as Turkey will mean more teachers are required.

Yet there is hope, as UNESCO data shows that many countries are having success in closing their teaching gaps. Ethiopia, for instance, has been increasing its number of teachers by at least 11% per year from 1999 to 2015. Similarly, many other African countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Mozambique are expected to have eliminated their teacher shortages between 2016 and 2020.

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Blog post by:

Harsha Sharma
Harsha Sharma
Digital Communications Manager, Varkey Foundation