World Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on October 5 across the globe to recognise and celebrate educators including teachers, researchers and professors’ work. The International Teachers Day or World Teachers’ Day is observed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Education International (EI).
The theme for International Teachers’ Day 2023 is “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”.
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2023 aims at the importance of stopping the decline in the number of teachers and then starting to increase that number at the top of the global agenda, a statement on the UNESCO website read.
The celebrations around the World Teachers’ Day 2023 theme seek to advocate for a dignified and valued teaching profession, analyse their challenges and showcase inspiring practices to attract, retain and motivate teachers and educators, it added.
The celebrations also seek to examine the ways in which education systems, societies, communities, and families recognise, appreciate and actively support teachers.
World Teachers’ Day: Why It Is Celebrated On October 5
World Teachers’ Day on October 5 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO and UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. The recommendations set benchmarks with respect to the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment and teaching and learning conditions.
The recommendation, according to the UNESCO website, concerning the status of higher-education teaching personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 recommendation by covering teaching personnel in higher education. World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated since 1994.
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