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Global teacher recruitment as a challenge to the goal of universal primary education

Laming, M.M. (2010) Global teacher recruitment as a challenge to the goal of universal primary education. In: Zajda, J. and Geo-JaJa, M.A., (eds.) The Politics of Education Reforms. Springer Netherlands, pp. 183-191.

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The second of the Millennium Goals agreed to by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 was universal, high-quality primary education for all children. The inclusion of universal primary education is a recognition that education plays a crucial role in the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of peace and security; however, the UN Millennium Project team estimates that there are more than 100 million primary age children not attending school for a variety of reasons (UN Millennium Project 2005). In most cases their families are too poor to afford the costs involved, in many cases their labour or their income is needed at home, in others there is no school available, but increasingly children are prevented from attaining full primary education because there are insufficient teachers to staff schools adequately (see also Zajda et al. 2008). The implications of the projected shortage are very serious as an inability to provide appropriate education will prevent many of the poorest nations from implementing poverty reduction strategies and exacerbate the gap between the developed and less-developed nations (Zajda 2005). Moreover, as poverty increases social and political instabilities are likely to increase as the most vulnerable citizens of the poorest nations see any hope of a solution to their distress receding.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Copyright: 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Notes: Series Title: Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research; Vol. 9
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