World Teachers Day is observed on October 5 to recognise the efforts of educators across the globe. International Teachers Day is also known as World Teachers Day is celebrated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Education International.
Why Is World Teachers Day Celebrated On October 5?
On October 5th, 1966, The Special Intergovernmental Conference had been convened on the Status of Teachers in Paris. The meeting held to analyse issues affecting teachers and their profession. A document "Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers'" was signed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNESCO. The recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers. This will also help to improve the quality of education. UNESCO has been vested with the responsibility to celebrate World Teachers Day since 1994.
World Teachers Day 2021 Theme
- World Teachers Day 2020 Theme - "Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future"
- World Teachers Day 2019 Theme - "Young Teachers: The future of the Profession"
- World Teachers Day 2018 Theme - "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher"
- World Teachers Day 2017 Theme - "Empowering Teacher's"
World Teachers Day 2020
The UNESCO website reads, "International Teachers Day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide and draw attention to the voices of teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world."
It added, "The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated. The discussions surrounding WTD will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession."
A joint statement from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International on the occasion of World Teachers' Day 2020
"In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important."