Wednesday, October 5, 2016

World Teachers' Day : Valuing and Improving their Status

"It Takes a Teacher  to prepare the students for the world."

World Teachers' Day is celebrated since 5 October 1994. UNESCO 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. 

This year World Teachers’ Day marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is the first world Teachers’ Day (WTD) to be celebrated within the new Global Education 2030 Agenda adopted by the world community one year ago.

This year’s theme : “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”.

This theme embodies the fundamental principles of the fifty-year-old Recommendation while shining a light on the need to support teachers as reflected in the agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

credits: Elyx Yak

A specific education goal, SDG4, pledges to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Teachers are not only pivotal to the right to education they are key to achieving the targets set out in SDG4.

The roadmap for the new agenda, the Education 2030 Framework for Action, highlights the fact:

Teachers are fundamental for equitable and quality education and, as such, must be “adequately trained, recruited and remunerated, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems”.

However, in order to achieve this goal, it is necessary not only to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers but to motivate them by valuing their work. 

UNESCO and eAtlas of Teachers

Some information:

By 2030, 3.2 million more teachers will be required to achieve universal primary education and 5.1 million more in order to achieve universal lower secondary education.

To mark World Teachers’ Day, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released the first-ever estimates of how many teachers are needed to achieve the global goal for education by 2030. 

credits: UIS

In the next 14 years, countries must recruit almost 69 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) demands inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030. The needs are urgent, with an estimated 263 million children and youth still out of primary and secondary school globally, according to a new UIS paper. SDG 4 includes a specific call for more qualified teachers and more support from the international community for teacher training in developing countries.


"You are the best teacher I have seen,
Even when I was down, you tried to encourage me,
You helped me achieve my biggest dreams.
Thank you for being a great support.

Happy Teachers' Day."

My thoughts:

"It takes a Teacher to empower students with skills of the futur"

Rajen Sheth

Teachers are too often undervalued and under-empowered. But if we  love to be a teacher, the most important are our students.

To engage their students, teachers create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. And they empower their students to do the same. 

I was a teacher for 30 years in different schools. I teached face-to-face and online. I was one of the first teachers to include the new technologies and social networks into my curricula. Students loved and learned better. It was their world. 

The first students I taught are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, journalists, even teachers. Others quited higher education and followed further education and they are excellent professionals on their work.

It is such a mixed feeling of pride and joy to think of my students as young adults. The children that I helped to educate. I remember every new school year, the new students, their fears and joy. I motivated so many children and adolescents. I changed lives. 

I was excited every year and prayed to be the best teacher for all of them, to be able to satisfy the needs and expectations of every student, no matter their capacities.

I'm happy of my career as a teacher. For more than 30 years I had new groups of students. They were from different backgrounds, cultures, and had different experiences to share with me and their classmates.

Today, I'm still teaching online. And I write on my blog to share some experiences and educational resources with teachers of all over the world. And thera a lot od teachers who are usual readers for years.

"Teachers are the key in changing children's lives and building sustainable and prosperous societies."

I'm so proud to be a teacher! 

"An education system is only as good as its teachers"


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