Sunday, October 5, 2014

World Teachers' Day : Respect4Teachers

"An education system is only as good as its teachers. Teachers are essential to universal and quality education for all: they are central to shaping the minds and attitudes of the coming generations to deal with new global challenges and opportunities. Innovative, inclusive and results-focused teaching is crucial for 2015 and beyond if we are to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide. "

Irina Bokova, message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers' Day was inaugurated on 5 October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommendation concerning the status of teachers. This recommendation is morally binding for all countries.

However, local events may be on some other date close to October 5, so that they do not fall during fall (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) school vacations. In 2002, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate World Teachers' Day.

credits: UNESCO


Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

2014 is the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day This year on 5 October, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. 

Today is my day ! It's our day ! There is no better day to celebrate the work of teachers than World Teachers’ Day. I hope you feel happy to be a teacher as I feel.

Unesco organise celebration on Sunday 5 October is held annually to celebrate the good work that educators do around the world, many working in difficult conditions and with limited resources.

Teachers are an investment for the future of countries. What today’s children will face in adult life cannot be predicted and so the teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.

Credits video : UNESCO

In many countries, the quality of education is undermined by a deficit of teachers. 1.4 million teachers are missing in classrooms – and they are needed to achieve universal primary education (UPE) by 2015, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Added to the challenge of numbers is one of quality: all too often, teachers work without resources or proper training. The stakes are high, because we face today a global learning crisis, with 250 million children not acquiring basic skills of reading and writing.

As countries accelerate towards 2015 and the new developement agenda is shaped, it is essential that teachers remain a priority.

Activities : 

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  • Register your celebration for World Teachers' Day 2014 and share your plans with others who may wish to participate or promote your event! 
  • Send an e-card and find out more about WTD

Some thoughts:

Credits video : WISE

Listening Sir Ken Robinson, one of today's most prominent voices and experts in education, I felt grateful when he asks people to recognize how the profession of a teacher is. 'Teaching is as art' he says.Indeed, it is.

I have been a teacher for the past 30 years, the students I once taught are now in college, others have their own children. It is such a mixed feeling of pride and joy to think of our students grown up.

We all talk about how students feel about the beginning of the school year, but what do teachers think?

We are excited to see our new students, to decorate the classrooms, to begin a new year on a positive note. And we are ervous and pray that we do our best as teachers. Will we be able to satisfy the needs of all of our students?

Every year we have new group of students who have different needs. They come from different backgrounds, cultures, and have different experiences. 

Sometimes the things we have prepared will not work for a certain group. So we rethink our lessons, and practice and we start again. We evolve as human beings and teachers. We are reborn as everyday brings new successes and challenges.

And we are so lucky. There are so many awesome resources to ease and enrich the lives of innovative educators and their students that facilitate effective teaching and learning.

So here is a toast to my fellow teachers - let's celebrate this Teachers' Day with a new set of eyes and a fresh outlook, a heart that is ready to smile and a willingness to participate and in the growth of our students.

"Children and young people are at the heart of society. A good education enables them, as global citizens, to respond to the challenges of a complex world, and contribute to building peaceful and sustainable communities. The teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy. We must 
remember that teachers are an investment for the future."

Irina Bokova, message


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