South Asia not immune to "global learning crisis"

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Pupils at Lycee Aino, Kandahar, Afghanistan. UNESCO. Photographer: Roya Aziz/Star Group

Millions of children in South Asia don't get the education that gives them the fundamental skills to read, write and count, according to a paper released by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO).

The paper was released on the occasion of World Teachers Day which is observed on 5 October each year to put a spotlight on the important role of teachers.

According to UNESCO, because of a shortage of qualified teachers, some countries won't be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.

Nihan Koseleci, a Research Officer for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report told Derrick Mbatha that the shortage of trained teachers in South Asia should be seen in the context of what she called the global "learning crisis."

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