Monday, October 5, 2020

World Teachers' Day : "Teachers : Leading in crisis, reimagining the future" : Resources & events

World Teachers' Day

""In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.”

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers

Theme 2020: 

"Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future"

UNESCO joint signing of the UNESCO/ International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommendation concerning the status of teachers. This recommendation is morally binding for all countries.

This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. 

The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.

The-Sustainable-Development-Goals-Report 2020/Page 11

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, WTD has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.

credits: UNICEF

"Increasing investment in teachers for Learning Recovery."

Celebrating the central role of teachers to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World Teachers’ Day (5 October) will highlight "the need for better training, professional development and leadership skills to mitigate learning disparities and support inclusive education at all levels through the recovery and beyond."

credits: UNESCO

The statement recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 crisis which has affected over 63 million teachers, highlighted persistent weaknesses in many education systems and exacerbated inequalities.

A joint survey by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank on responses to COVID-19 found that only half of all countries surveyed offered additional training on distance education for teachers, and fewer than one-third offered psycho-social support to help them handle the crisis.

In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

credits: UNICEF/UNI332775/Bänsch

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.

The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated. The discussions surrounding WTD will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.

World Teachers' Day


All events are open to the public. Events will be interactive via online platforms (e.g., Zoom, WebEx) that allow for simultaneous interpretation to facilitate open discussion among speakers, panelists, and participants at large.

World Teachers' Day 2020

World Teachers’ Day 2020 will be celebrated with a week-long series of virtual events, beginning on 5 October with the Opening Ceremony and the awarding of the 6th UNESCO Hamdan Prize for the Effectiveness of Teachers. Ending with the Closing Ceremony on 12 October.

The virtual sessions provide the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

  • Registration:

To register, click on the registration link provided in the programme on the next page. Additional resources including agendas, concept notes, policy briefs, and research reports can also be accessed through the links provided in the programme. The programme is updated regularly on our World Teachers’ Day website. Check back often!

Follow World Teachers' Day on social media:

"Now is the time to recognize the role of teachers in helping to ensure a generation of students can reach their full potential, and the importance of education for short-term stimulus, economic growth and social cohesion, during and after COVID-19.

Now  is  the  time  to  reimagine  education  and  achieve  our  vision  of  equal  access  to  quality learning for every child and young person."

Joint Statement from: 

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International


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