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 2018
For 2018, the theme is a simple one – ‘the right to education means the right to a qualified teacher’.
Simply put, World Teachers Day aims to remind the world that the basic right to education cannot be achieved without teaching staff, with a focus on promoting the profession and recruitment practices.
In a concept note for the 2018 event, UNESCO has worked to showcase how education can transform lives because it:
- Is the driver of economic and social development
- Promotes peace, tolerance and social inclusion
- Is key to eradicating poverty and driving personal fulfilment.
The organisation added: “Teachers are the means through which education is transmitted: without teachers, the goal of universal primary and secondary education, a fundamental human right, cannot be met.”
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 2018 aims to put those thoughts at the forefront of classrooms and staff rooms around the globe.
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