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Periodical Review - Teachers: Our Shared Future
Teacher development, credentials, and teacher characteristics seem to have deteriorated around the world in most countries and more so in developing and under-developed counties.

In India, to boost the quality of teacher education, the four-year integrated course is going to be implemented from the ensuing session. In such a scenario, the special issue of newsletter of my alma mater UNESCO's International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP), Paris, is welcome which is titled 'Teachers: Our Shared Future" is welcome.'

The latest issue 34(2) of 'The IIEP Letter: News and Analysis on Educational Planning and Management', is entirely devoted to teacher availability, teacher development, career, professionalism, teacher educator quality, teacher training, inclusive education, global status of teachers, teacher policies, etc.

SG Lewis, Director IIEP, bringing forth the issue of 68.8 Million vacant posts of teachers globally, states, "(Teaching) Profession is loosing appeal, management is still weak in a number of context, and basic conditions for teachers lag in many countries. At the same time,  we must be careful to not repeat the as with Education for All goals. The bold ambitions of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) call for much larger supply of teachers; however, we cannot forgo quality and long-term investment for quick fixes."

There are several revealing write ups in the special issue of news letter which are worth reading for the educational policy planners giving practical suggestion for improving the teachers and teacher educators both.

The issue has the articles such as :The Golbal Status of Teachers in the Era of SDGs (David Edwards); Supporting Teachers So That They Can Teach ( F. Wolfenden); Reimagining Teacher Careers For The 21st Century (B. Tournier); How Change Agents Are Driving School Improvement At Scale (C. Jones); How To Allocate Teachers Equitably (P. Nkengne); Who Teaches Refugees (S. Bengtsson); Strengthening Human Resources Management In Burkina Faso D. Coury & B. Tournier); Teacher Training And Inclusive Education (J, Achers); Trainingg On Teacher Policies In Latin America (L. Fumagalli).

There is no doubt that both teachers are important in an education system and the they are central to the success of reforms. For more just and equitable society, teacher preparation and performance is vital. In India, we need to improve the quality of teacher education institutes, first and foremost. The issue of quality teacher education was part of the Quality Education Module which I underwent during my short course at UNCESO-IIEP in late nineteen nineties.

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