Being a Teacher: More than a profession, a mission
According to a Varkey GEMS Foundation research, Portugal is in the 14º place out of a total of 21 countries, on a ranking that evaluates teacher’s social status. Even so, Portuguese teachers obtain better results than its peers in countries such as Switzerland, Germany or Italy.
For the Portuguese, however, teachers are amongst the three more trusted professional groups, right next to doctors and firefighters.
According to a GFK study regarding the first edition of Global Teacher Prize, 91% of the respondents claimed that teachers were an important part of their academic path and 86% recognized teachers’ importance in their lives in general. However, 89% considers it a consuming profession and almost 70% of the parents discourage their children to follow the professional career path of a teacher. 92% consider that what makes a good teacher is its ability to motivate its students.
Galp Foundation considers essential to invest in initiatives that contribute to the recognition of a profession that is responsible for creating a more sustainable future.
It is crucial for Portugal to place this topic in the present agenda to create awareness around it, and involve the community in its importance for the country’s future. Global Teacher Prize contributes in a sustainable way for that agenda, by promoting the teaching quality and the future of our younger generations.
Sources: Global Teacher Prize Portugal/GFK-2018, PORDATA e Varkey GEMS Foundation