Where are the worst teacher shortages?


Education is fundamental to building healthy societies and economies, but a lack of teachers in many countries is holding back progress.

Across the world at least 74 countries face an acute shortage of teachers. This results in millions of children being excluded from primary education and beyond.

The Global Goals have a specific goal aimed at ensuring every child has access to a quality education by 2030, but data from the UN shows that to achieve this we will need to recruit nearly 26m new teachers.

The UN has created an interactive map to explore the issues of teacher shortages. It shows both current gaps and projected recruitment needed by 2030.

Currently Nigeria faces the biggest shortages – the West African nation needs an additional 380,000 teachers. India also faces shortages in excess of 350,000, while Indonesia needs nearly 190,000 more teachers.

Conversely, by 2030, China will need another 3.5m teachers, India 3m and Indonesia 1.2m, as shown in the map above.

The UN also outlines the countries that are closing their teaching gaps, with progress being made particularly in Africa. Mozambique is due to end its teacher shortage by 2020, while also reducing the pupil-to-teacher ratio. Chad, Guyana and Mali should close their gaps shortly after, in 2022, based on current trends.

Various initiatives have made this possible, including a strategic government plan in Mozambique, the Global Partnership for Education investment in Chad and a World Bank project in Guyana.