Statement by UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch on the commemoration of Mozambique Teacher’s Day
MAPUTO, Mozambique 12 October 2011 - "On this day of October 12, instituted as the National Day for Teachers', UNICEF felicitates all Teachers in Mozambique and pays homage to these architects who shape the educational and intellectual development of children - the future of Mozambique."
"Children look to teachers as role models. To promote commitment, competence and fundamental values among educators must therefore be a priority."
"Like many other developing countries, Mozambique faces a severe shortage of teachers, in particular of female teachers, and this shortage impacts adversely on the quality of children's learning and their school completion."
"Measures should be taken to ensure that teachers are not only recruited but also retained. This could include, for example, providing housing for teachers in rural areas and ensuring that they get sufficient support."
"UNICEF believes it is an urgent and important priority to enhance the professional quality of the teaching profession which includes an integrated approach to education and setting minimum quality standards."
"UNICEF advocates and supports efforts to ensure that schools become centres of community and cultural life and part of those efforts is to develop the teaching profession."
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Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Maputo, Tel + 258 21 481 181, firstname.lastname@example.org