Making a difference this World Teachers' Day


World Teachers’ Day is almost upon us this year, which means it is time again to turn our attention to the outstanding work that teachers across the globe accomplish every day.

Since 1994, 5 October has been a day dedicated to commemorating teacher organisations worldwide with the aim of displaying awareness and appreciation for the vital work teachers do in the name of education. 

Education International (EI) represents education professionals worldwide, and due to their work to spread recognition for teachers, World Teachers’ Day is now observed in more than 100 countries.

A look at the history

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) was responsible for arranging the intergovernmental conference in Paris where the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation was adopted, on 5 October 1966. 

This set out the rights and responsibilities of teachers in addition to international standards for their education, employment, teaching and learning conditions.

The Recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education. 

As well as this, part of the Sustainable Development Goals in the new 2030 Global Education Agenda pledges inclusive and unbiased quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

Teachers are pivotal in achieving these targets, so it is important that they are adequately trained, motivated and supported, and this is exactly why World Teachers’ Day is such an important occasion.

Recognising great work with one eye on the future

Not only does the day aim to show recognition for the teachers of the world and all the wonderful things they do for our education, but it is also an opportunity to assess and improve educators to ensure the needs of future generations will continue to be met. 

It is also essential that there is an awareness of the issues that teachers face so that they can be tackled and overcome.

Anyone and everyone can take part in World Teachers’ Day, and they are very much encouraged to do so! 

Whether you are a teacher, student, parent or caregiver, the day presents an opportunity to celebrate the profession and to discuss, compare, learn and improve.

This could be in a local event within a school assembly or on a wider scale within meetings and community groups. 

Respect for our educators should be part of the natural order of things, and we are all responsible for making sure this is the case.

So, this World Teachers’ Day, wherever you are in the world, take a moment to ensure your teachers know you appreciate them, and as an educator, celebrate your profession and your colleagues – after all, we are all responsible for the education of future generations!