The Learning Centre:
World Teachers’ Day: a day that celebrates YOU
To education members everywhere, we thank you for the invaluable role you play each and every day in the development of our future citizens.
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As an organization that has a proud history of working exclusively with the education community, Educators Financial Group celebrates educators everywhere on World Teachers’ Day. Thank you for being an instrumental part in mentoring and shaping the next generation of leaders, innovators, and change-makers.
This year’s theme for World Teachers’ Day is: ‘Young Teachers: the Future of the Profession’.
More than a theme, it is recognition of the importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching mission. It is also the celebration of the tireless work of dedicated education members around the world. Passionate and compassionate individuals who continue to strive every day to ensure that inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all become a reality in every corner of the globe.
1. What is World Teachers’ Day?
Held annually on October 5th since 1994, World Teachers’ Day is a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving situations for educators of the world.
2. How did World Teachers’ Day start?
On October 5th 1966, a ‘Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers’ was adopted at a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in Paris, France—in cooperation with the ILO (International Labour Organization). It set forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, along with international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching, and learning conditions. It also contained recommendations for teachers’ participation in educational decisions through consultation and negotiation with educational authorities. Since its adoption, the recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education. The first World Teachers’ Day was held on October 5th, 1994 to mark the significance of the recommendation.
3. Why is World Teachers’ Day so important?
World Teachers’ Day reminds people of the important role that teachers play. Especially when you consider that today more than ever, students are global citizens. They immigrate. They work in businesses that deal with other countries. Teachers, therefore, are producing global citizens. World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to rethink issues facing teachers from an international perspective. UNESCO provides the best global context to address and exchange ideas across borders.