"). Irina Bokova, the organisation's director general, said that narrowly focusing on getting more children into school would merely "replenish the army of 800 million illiterate people in the world".
Ms Bokova said it had been right to initially focus the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on improving school enrolment, but said it was now time for a shift in focus to better teaching. Without that, billions of pounds of investment was at risk of being wasted, she added.
In Ghana, the Varkey Gems programme is likely to make use of technology used in a separate scheme, which utilises webcams to give students in rural areas access to online lessons from "master teachers" working from the capital city, Accra. The Varkey Gems Foundation believes the distance-learning approach can be adapted to train teachers in the country's remote schools.
Mr Pota said the foundation had yet to decide which areas of India it would operate in, but added that it was likely to be on a bigger scale than Uganda. "India needs it," he said. "A third of the world's poor live there and you can't really effect change without having a strategy for India."
He added that although the training scheme would be adapted to reflect local conditions, it would focus on "student-centred" learning in all countries.
The aim was to try to move schools away from rote learning and the emphasis on remembering and repeating facts. Instead, the scheme would develop "higher order skills" in students so that they could also "apply, analyse and create, based on what they remember", he said.
One aspect of the course - training teachers to categorise pupils according to whether they are visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners - is increasingly seen as discredited in the UK.
But Mr Pota said: "I am not saying that our programme is by any means perfect. Things can change, things can go out of fashion, but surely anything we can do to improve how a teacher performs has to be welcomed."