Celebrating World Teachers' Day – because all teaching staff deserve recognition


World Teachers Day is celebrated around the globe in recognition that education is a key fundamental right, as set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Created by UNESCO and Education International, it notes that everyone should have an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring equal access for all youngsters.

Now, 70 years on, the need to recognise the role that teachers play is as important as ever, and the day goes a long way to acknowledging the vital input that teaching staff have all over the world.

A theme is given to the day – marked on 5 October – every year in order to provide people with a better understanding of what teaching is and of how it benefits wider society.

A key theme for 2019

For 2019, the theme is – ‘Young Teachers: The future of the Profession’.

Simply put, World Teachers Day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

How can teachers showcase their role?

By developing an understanding of teaching around the globe, UNESCO believes that the international community can discuss how to address the challenge of increasing teacher supply.

Part of this process involves teachers talking with pupils, their peers and other staff to enhance people’s knowledge of the profession while promoting it in a positive light.

That may involve highlighting success stories from around the globe, or talking about the many motivations that can keep people in the teaching profession.

Having those conversations serves as a reminder of what makes teaching great, and World Teachers Day 2019 aims to put those thoughts at the forefront of classrooms and staff rooms around the globe.