Good teachers vital to ensure right to education

Good teachers play a big role in getting every child into school and meeting the deadline for the Education for All goals in 1,000 days.

News | 24 April 2013
HAI DUONG (ILO News) - Good teachers play a big role in getting every child into school and meeting the deadline for the Education for All goals in 1,000 days.

The message was highlighted yesterday at the launch of the 2013 Global Action Week on Education, held at the Temple of the Great Teacher Chu Van An in the northern province of Hai Duong.

Organized annually by the Global Campaign for Education, the Week is an occasion to promote the right to quality education for all. This year’s themes in Viet Nam are ‘Every Child has the right to good teachers’ and ‘Let’s develop dedicated and capable teachers for all learners’.

In Viet Nam the focus in the education sector is shifting from simply ensuring the right to access education, to ensuring the right to access a good quality education. The education system and teacher training programmes need to be renovated so future and current teachers are well trained and receive support they need.

“Learning can only be maximized when it is facilitated by motivated and capable teachers,” said Vice Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien.

According to ILO Viet Nam Chief Technical Advisor on Child Labour, Maria Luisa Rodriguez, good teachers can help address early school drop-outs, which often result in children being exposed to child labour.

Addressing the launching event, Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam emphasized that special measures to attract, train and retain teachers in poor and remote areas are a priority to ensure quality education reaches all learners in Viet Nam, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Week of action

In Viet Nam, Global Action Week for Education is led by the Ministry of Education and Training and supported by various organizations, including the ILO. Throughout the week, schools across the country will host discussions between students, parents, teachers and local education authorities on concrete ways to better support teachers.

For more information about Global Action Week, please visit the Global Campaign for Education’s website at http://www.campaignforeducation.org/en/campaigns/global-action-week

For more information about the campaign in Viet Nam, visit the Global Action Week in Viet Nam website at http://gawinvietnam.wordpress.com