'Why do so many people around the world value education above everything? Common sense, of course'
Individual empowerment and a sense of citizenship are the critical foundations of sustainable development – and it all starts with great teachers, writes the president of Education International, the international federation of teacher unions
In 2013, the United Nations engaged some 2 million people in 88 countries in a survey, asking which area of development mattered most to them.
More than 7 million responded online, by ballot or through SMS, overwhelmingly choosing "a good education" and "better healthcare" as top priorities, with education as the number one priority regardless of gender, age, wealth or level of schooling.