Transforming Education Summit 2022 - #TeachersTransform campaign
Calling on the international community to put teachers at the centre of education transformation.
The Teacher Task Force is launching an advocacy campaign targeting governments, the donor community and the wider public to turn the spotlight on the critical role of teachers and teaching in transforming education systems, and to call for greater support for the development of the teaching profession.
In particular, the campaign aims to:
- Advocate for the need for education systems to adapt to support teachers as change agents: through better professional development, working conditions that foster innovation, motivation and raising the status of the profession.
- Through concrete positive examples, show how better trained, motivated and empowered teachers can be central agents in the transformation of education systems and improving student learning.
- Mobilize countries and donor organizations to pledge targeted support for teachers, in line with the recommendations coming from the discussion paper for the Action Track 5 on Financing of education.
- Raise the status of the teaching profession by drawing attention to how teachers can bring about the transformation of education systems necessary to reach the 2030 goals.
Share the campaign’s key messages, see our social media pack
Read the discussion paper on teachers identifying the ambitions, challenges, opportunities and possible solutions for the teaching profession.
Transforming Education Summit and the Action Track 3 – Teachers, teaching and the teaching profession
As part of the global preparation for the Transforming Education Summit, the third thematic Action Track will be focusing on “Teachers, teaching and the teaching profession”.
It will examine responses to issues to transform education, including: i) teacher shortages; ii) teaching personnel qualifications and emerging professional development needs, iii) status and working conditions and; iv) Teacher leadership and innovation.
Action Track 3 is being led by representatives of two member states (Nigeria and Romania) and the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 has been officially designated as the co-lead stakeholder. The work of the Action Track is being supported by the UN Support team, comprised of the International Labor Organisation (anchor), and UNESCO (alternate), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNRWA and the World Bank.
Upcoming activities of Action Track 3 include:
- The development of a Discussion paper to identify the ambitions, challenges, opportunities and possible solutions for the teaching profession. Subsequent rounds of feedback will follow.
- Open consultations, aimed at identifying good practices and innovations and mobilizing new commitments to action and identifying elements critical to transforming education. The first public consultation, focusing on the discussion paper, was held on 24 May. Watch the replay here.
The second consultation, on 14 June, will focus on the promising practices and potential new initiatives.
- Mobilize partners to submit promising practices to be part of a catalogue to be produced for the Summit. Submit your promising practice here. Guidelines on how to do it can be consulted here.
- Advocating for the key role of teachers in the transformation of education. More information on the campaign coming soon.
About the Thematic Action Tracks
The Thematic Action Tracks work stream will spotlight five areas that require greater attention and action and that can accelerate progress on education and the 2030 Agenda and transform education.
The themes of the Action Tracks are universally relevant and reflect the lifelong learning perspective of SDG 4. Equity and gender equality, as well as education in emergencies will be mainstreamed in each Thematic Action Track. The following are the five thematic actions tracks for the Summit:
- Inclusive, equitable, safe, and healthy schools
- Learning and skills for life, work, and sustainable development
- Teachers, teaching and the teaching profession
- Digital learning and transformation
- Financing of education
The Pre-Summit will be held on 29 and 30 June in Paris and the Summit on 19 September (tbc). See here for more information and updates.
About the Discussion Paper
Each action track’s discussion paper aims to inform and inspire reflections and discussions, including in the National Consultations to be organized as part of the Summit preparation processes. The short Discussion Paper will focus on the desired changes and transformations and describe the key investments, interventions and game changers. It will aim to include four key recommendations to inform the Summit and national voluntary commitments.
The discussion papers will:
- provide evidence-informed recommendations for action at the country level;
- identify successful policy interventions and good practices; and
- provide suggestions for collective follow-up action at the global level, building on and strengthening existing initiatives, partnerships or coalitions.
Comments and input for the discussion paper are welcome. Please indicate exact text you would like to add, delete or amend, as well as the source of information. The discussion paper aims to be a succinct summary of key trends, issues, challenges and opportunities facing the teaching profession. Short submissions are preferred.
Further rounds of input will be possible on subsequent drafts.
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