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As the teachers celebrate their day today, the World Teachers Day, in many secondary schools today there is no class due to the strike. And it is that at the moment, the river of education does not flow, it is loaded with turbulent waters and as the saying goes, when the river sounds, it is water.
Apart from the 20 teaching hours per week and the global crisis affecting the economies of the world, UNESCO declared October 5 as World Teachers' Day, in order to mobilize the support of the world's governments towards the teachers. This support had to be directed to guarantee the attention of the needs of future generations, with the ultimate purpose of creating a better world through education.
However, the working conditions and salaries of professors and teachers do not keep pace with public policies. For this reason, anachronistic situations occur and while society demands a higher educational quality for its children, the hiring of teachers is lagging behind due to budget cuts and the number of students per teacher continues to increase.
Thus, UNESCO recommends that the average number of students per group should be 18 in Primary, 13 in Secondary and 10 in Baccalaureate. However, the reality is very different in most schools in developing countries and our children attend classes in which the recommended ideal number of classmates is sometimes doubled or tripled. Attending to this growing number of students seems to go against the teaching profession, despite the great dedication and professionalism with which many of the teachers try to practice their profession every day. And it is that the vocation for daily work, the taste for teaching and leaving a residue in the students is, in most cases, so intense that, despite the reductions in budgets, needs and lack of educational investment, they struggle every day to reach the quality levels that society expects for their children.
Budgets for children's education cannot be seen as an expense, but rather an investment. In the same way that the ideal number of students per teacher does not correspond to reality, the number of teachers does not correspond to the objectives of Education for All. According to UNESCO, to achieve Universal Primary Education between now and 2015, 1.9 million new educators would be needed in the world, duly trained. Hence, Unesco and its partners call on governments and the international community to increase investment in teacher training.
Teachers are the most important resource in teaching: without them, quality education cannot be realized. Their demands and objectives for improvement are always a pulse on government policies and, in the middle, there are always the same people, the students, our children, who in a few years will be the adults of tomorrow. It would be desirable that, together, we think about them.
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