The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teacher’s play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.
Numerous events are organized in many different countries all over the world on 5th of October. These events include validating all those teachers or people who have helped us and the community to grow and prosper. The day may also be marked by conferences emphasising the importance of teachers and learning, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media.
International organizations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Education International organize international, national and local events. In some areas posters are displayed and pupils and ex-pupils are encouraged to send e-cards or letters of appreciation to teachers who made a special or memorable contribution to their education.
Also trade unions or other professional organizations that represent teachers play an important role in organizing World Teachers’ Day events in many countries. These include:
- The Australian Education Union.
- The Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
- The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (Canada).
- The All India Secondary Teachers’ Federation.
- The Japan Teachers’ Union.
- The Teachers Council (New Zealand).
- The National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom).
- The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (United Kingdom).
- The National Education Association (United States).
This teacher’s day let us all make an effort for those who stood by our side no matter what. Let’s make their day colourful and bright. Small little gestures can make a big difference. Present them with beautiful flower and let them know that they made our lives happy and joyous just like this flower. Make them colourful little cards with beads, glitters or confetti’s and pour your heart out to them. Make an effort for just a day to reciprocate what they have been doing for us for years now.
On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held. And every year since then this day has been celebrated. However, local events may be celebrated on near by dates to avoid it falling during the vacation times. In 2002, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate World Teachers’ Day.
On October 5, 1966, the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and representatives of UNESCO and International Labour Organization signed the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers”. On October 12, 1997, the 29th session of UNESCO’s General Conference was opened. During this conference, on November 11, 1997, the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel” was adopted.