Supporting Teacher Professional Development at Scale

Key challenges to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4, ensuring inclusive and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030) include overcoming a massive teacher shortage and the lack of teacher capacity globally. For example, UNESCO estimates that achieving SDG 4 would require recruiting and training 68.8 million teachers in developing countries by 2030.

Current approaches to teacher professional development (TPD) often suffer from poor quality and high costs, particularly when trying to deliver training at a large scale. New approaches are required to enable the delivery of large-scale, cost-effective, and continuous professional development programs for teachers. While there are a few promising innovations in this area sprinkled across the Global South, there is little systematic research, learning, and sharing of lessons learned from these activities.

This project will build on the establishment of the Teacher Professional Development at Scale (TPD@Scale) Coalition for the Global South. It will contribute to SDG 4 by promoting quality, equitable, and sustainable large-scale TPD through collaboration, research, and implementation support. This will include building in-country capacity within ministries of education and their partner organizations for TPD@Scale and scaling the impact of policy and practice.

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Project status



36 months

IDRC Officer

Matthew Smith

Total funding

CA$ 1,449,800


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Victoria L Tinio


Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development, Inc.

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