Mahfuzur Rahman Manik
Investment in teachers(5 October2009.FE)
মার্চ 17, 2010

World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, celebrates teachers worldwide. UNESCO introduced the observance of the day with the aim to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met.

Education International is the global voice of education workers. It represents nearly 30 million teachers and other education workers through 401 member organisations in 172 countries and territories.

This year, World Teachers' Day will focus on the role of teachers within the context of the global financial and economic crisis and the need to invest in teachers now as a means to secure post-crisis regeneration. So the slogan of this year is: 'Build the future, invest in teachers now'.

It is critical, during these difficult times, to seek mechanisms that protect the teaching profession. It is also crucial, despite the crisis, to ensure that investment in teachers is sufficient and proportionate to the demands made upon them. It is the teaching force with its knowledge, experience and foresight which can bring new insights to global solutions.

When the world is ready to invest in teachers, about 0.1 million teachers in Bangladesh have to struggle for mere survival with the salaries they get. In our country, the investment in teachers is very negligible. The poor salary does not attract competent people to join the teaching profession.

The dream of Digital Bangladesh within 2021, the goal of eliminating illiteracy within 2014 and the plan to conquer poverty within 2015 (according to PRSP) will remain unfulfilled unless adequate investment is made in teachers to create an educated citizenry as well as a competent workforce.


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