“EI is very pleased that the importance of teachers, and the central role of teacher unions in creating quality education, has finally been recognised,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. “This report validates what we at EI have always known: that those best suited to shape education policy are teachers themselves, and that rigorous and sustained investment in public education and teachers is required to achieve all Sustainable Development Goals.”

Van Leeuwen applauds the Commission’s recommendation to provide greater support for the teaching profession, including increased funding for teachers and elevating the profession to its rightful place in transforming societies.

Together, EI and the Education Commission have highlighted the following seven key areas where the report supports and addresses the needs of teachers:

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