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Displaced children residing at a United Nations transit site in Juba attend makeshift classes. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to reach 2030 goals

Close to 69 million new teachers will be needed in order to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

That's the stark conclusion reached by the statistical institute of the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, marking World Teachers Day on 5 October.

In the next 14 years, more than 24 million primary school teachers and 44 million secondary teachers will be needed to reach Goal 4, which demands "inclusive and equitable" education for all.

"Entire education systems are gearing up for the big push" towards the goal, according to UNESCO's Silvia Montoya "but education systems are only as good as their teachers," she said.

Sub-Saharan Africa faces the biggest teacher-shortage, with a shortfall of 17 million.

A joint message from four major UN agencies on World Teachers Day stressed the "limitless contributions made by teachers around the world" and highlighted the need for urgent action.

Attack on vessel off Yemeni coast condemned by Security Council

An attack on a vessel belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a key shipping lane off the coast of Yemen has been condemned by the UN Security Council.

The rocket attack carried out by Houthi rebel fighters on 1 October, hit the vessel in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, in the Gulf of Aden.

The UAE is a member of the coalition of countries which are supporting the Yemeni government in their fight against the Houthis, who control the capital Sana'a.

In a statement, the Security Council said that its members "take threats to shipping" in the area "extremely seriously."

They stressed that the "continued exercise of freedom of navigation in and around Bab al-Mandeb strait in accordance with relevant international law must be upheld."

249 children at risk of not reaching "development potential"

An estimated 249 million children under-five, living in low and middle-income countries, are at an "elevated risk" of poor development, due to extreme poverty and stunting.

That's according to a new series of studies in the scientific journal, The Lancet, which is being backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) the World Bank, and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The Lancet series entitled Advancing Early Childhood Development; from Science to Scale, reveals that early childhood interventions that promote so-called "nurturing care" may cost as little as 50 cents per child, per year.

Interventions include providing proper nutrition; responsive caregiving; basic security and safety; and early-learning opportunities.

The UN agencies involved said the findings "underscore the importance of increased global commitment to early childhood development."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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