At no point in history have more children been enrolled in formal education. Thanks to global commitments and movements such as the Millennium Development Goals and Education For All, more than 90 percent of all primary-age children are now in school.
Teachers are one of the most important factors affecting whether and what children learn. Outside of immediate families, teachers have the greatest influence on young women and men during their transition to adulthood, while the quality of teaching has a significant impact on children’s learning in school. In a study of 15,000 teachers across Latin America, students’ learning outcomes were more influenced by a strong or weak teacher than by a bad or good school.