Education > Primary education, teachers: Group totals

DEFINITION: Primary education, teachers. Teaching staff in primary. Public and private. Full and part-time. All programmes. Total is the total number of teachers in public and private primary education institutions. Teachers are persons employed full time or part time in an official capacity to guide and direct the learning experience of pupils and students, irrespective of their qualifications or the delivery mechanism, i.e. face-to-face and/or at a distance. This definition excludes educational personnel who have no active teaching duties (e.g. headmasters, headmistresses or principals who do not teach) and persons who work occasionally or in a voluntary capacity in educational institutions.


Emerging markets 11.37 million 2008
Non-religious countries 7.03 million 1996
South and Central Asia 5.43 million 2011
South Asia 4.96 million 2011
Heavily indebted countries 4.26 million 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) 3.15 million 2007
Former Spanish colonies 2.08 million 2004
NATO countries 1.89 million 2001
Sub-Saharan Africa 1.81 million 1999
European Union 1.65 million 2011
OPEC countries 1.61 million 2007
Former French colonies 1.55 million 2012
Eurozone 961,452 2010
Middle Eastern and North Africa 938,269 1983
Former Soviet republics 448,906 2010
failed states 433,074 1972