No matter where you are in the world, chances are that you’ve had a teacher that you still remember for the positive impact that they made in your life—someone that helped you finally grasp a challenging concept or experience a learning moment that defined your classroom experience.
Every year on October 5, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. It is a time to remember those special educators who supported us when we were students, and show gratitude to those who inspired us in the classroom. Not only that, but it’s also a day for you to realize how you may now impact students in the same way!
World Teachers’ Day is an annual celebration across the globe. But what does this day represent?
What Is the Importance of World Teachers’ Day?
Let’s start with a bit of background. In 1966, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, passed the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The Recommendation established benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers. It set standards for their training and continuing education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
Now, UNESCO honors the anniversary of the Recommendation by celebrating World Teachers’ Day in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and Education International. Around the world, you can celebrate the protection of the rights and status of teachers while attracting newcomers to the field. The day also honors teachers in light of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, which defines access to education, and quality teachers, as crucial to fulfilling the UN’s Education 2030 agenda.
This is an opportunity for you and your students to reflect on the role that educators have played in your life, and to consider ways to continue inspiring your own K–12 students each and every day in the classroom.
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