Carlos Vargas-Tamez is a sociologist of education who specializes on global education policy. His research and publications focus on the relationship between education, human rights and wellbeing; the orientations and discourses of public policy and their effects on society. He has worked for universities, civil society, international organisations and local governments in Latin America and Europe both implementing lifelong learning policies and analysing their intersection with equity, inclusion and social justice. Since 2015, he works for UNESCO, where he has coordinated research on the social relevance and cultural pertinence of education in five continents. At present, he leads the Unit on Teacher Development at UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.
If we really want to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all, we need teachers that are empowered, adequately recruited, well trained, professionally qualified, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems.