Making a difference on World Teachers' Day 2021


World Teachers’ Day is celebrated around the globe on the 5th October, in recognition that education is a key fundamental right, as set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.


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. 


The key theme for 2021

For 2021, the theme is – ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery’.


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 2021 aims to put those thoughts at the forefront of classrooms and staff rooms around the globe.


So, this World Teachers’ Day, wherever you are, 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.

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