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INRULED Joins 14th Policy Dialogue Forum

The 14th Policy Dialogue Forum took place from 26-29 February in Johannesburg, South Africa, jointly organised by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (TTF), hosted by UNESCO, and the Ministry of Basic Education of the Republic of South Africa. The theme of the Forum is ‘Addressing global teacher shortages: Dignifying, diversifying, and valorising the profession’.

Policymakers, experts, scholars, and representatives from international organisations worldwide are engaged in this Forum to investigate common challenges leading to teacher shortages, how to address them through effective policies, and explore future transformative strategies to validate and reinforce the teaching profession. Ms. WANG Siyao, Programme Coordinator of UNESCO INRULED is currently participating in the forum by delivering a presentation.


During the forum, Ms. Wang Siyao presented a case study —the Qiangshi Programme (meaning 'strengthening teacher quality') initiated by Beijing Normal University. She provided an overview of the programme, including its background, specific actions, and shared experiences. She highlighted how the programme has been effectively recruiting, training, and motivating high-quality teachers for rural counties. Moreover, she emphasised the importance of establishing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, as well as providing continuous training support, to help improve the professional competence of rural teachers.


Organised since 2010 by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, the Policy Dialogue Forum is a global platform for education stakeholders, which aims to foster advocacy, knowledge exchange, peer learning and monitoring of progress towards target 4.c of SDG 4 on teachers and teaching.


Quality teachers for rural schools is one of INRULED’s five thematic areas. The teacher team takes joint research, policy dialogue, and capacity building as three major action paths, leveraging the unique strengths and extensive experience of Beijing Normal University in the field of teacher education and development to promote the training and development of rural teachers.


INRULED is actively collecting best practices and lessons learned from initiatives worldwide that address teacher shortage and quality in rural areas. Our goal is to compile these insights into a comprehensive policy guide for quality teachers in rural school. If you have a case to share or you are interested in providing your thoughts. Please feel free to share your experiences and insights with us: wangsy@inruled.org.


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