The quality of education around the world is undermined by a deficit of teachers. In sub-Saharan Africa, the pupil:teacher ratio is among the highest in the world, exceeding 40:1. The situation is further compounded by the low technical capacity of teachers who work without adequate resources or proper training.
To create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the immeasurable contribution that teachers make in providing education and promoting development across the world, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared 5 October World Teachers’ Day.
Australia Awards – Africa has provided training and an opportunity for the exchange of technical expertise to over 370 teachers in a bid to bridge the gap in teacher deficit and training. Today, these teachers are investing their time in developing the lives of others and leading reforms for education in their countries, as highlighted below.
Mauritius – Leesta Moteea
Mozambique – Laila Chemane
Zambia – Harriet Miyato