Most of us can remember a teacher who literally changed the course of our lives. A teacher who possessed that inner drive to see us learn and thrive.
But that's the exception , not the norm, for most children in developing countries today.
Teachers, who genuinely want to make a difference, often find themselves demotivated in large bureaucratic systems. Their students therefore learn very little. Traditional 'carrots and sticks' (e.g. paying performance bonuses, or biometric fingerprinting) don't solve this problem.
If these trends continue, nearly half the world's children (750 million) in low and middle income countries will be victims of a global learning crisis by 2030, finishing school without gaining even basic secondary skills.
It's a moral, economic and social crisis – a tragic waste of human potential that will cost societies over $150 billion a year, with further knock-on effects on unemployment, health, and extreme poverty.