Was it art? History? Science? Ask anyone around you and most will recall a favourite teacher from their time in school. Teachers can instill a life-long love for a particular subject, the reason a child looks forward to school, their classroom a safe space for many. Because the right to an education means the right to a qualified teacher.  

As the world faces a global learning crisis – with 600 million children unable to read or do mathematics at the minimum level, despite two thirds being in school – a qualified teacher can help deliver inclusive quality education to their classrooms.  

On World Teacher’s Day, let’s see how three teachers are ensuring their students learn and understand their lessons in a way that works for all and not just for some.  

In Zambia, Mrs Lessly offers afternoon catch-up classes 

"We want Zambia to be on the map," says Lessly, who understands that her students come from different circumstances, cultures and traditions. Which is why she ensures catch-up classes are available to them so they all have a level-playing field moving ahead. 

In Indonesia, Mrs. Rita uses learning groups by reading ability 

When her father died while she was in primary school, Rita wasn't sure she would be able to go back to school. But her older siblings came together and ensured she graduated from college. As a teacher she now ensures her students are learning in ways that work for them best - so they enjoy coming to school everyday.  

In Ghana, Mr. Sam applies differentiated learning methods  

For Sam, planning for a lifetime means having an education. "That's my philosophy as a teacher," he says. His style of teaching ensures children at the same learning levels work together - leading to 80% of his students now reading fluently. 

UNICEF trains teachers 

UNICEF supports teachers like Sam, Lessly and Rita with training programs to ensure they have the most up-to-date skills to help their students thrive.  

This Halloween, your contribution to UNICEF’s digital orange box can help ensure other children around the world are lucky enough to have teachers like Lessly, Rita and Sam on their side.