Importance of World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on October 5.
What is it that makes the day so important for students, parents and teachers all around the world?
It is the day that provides us an opportunity to acknowledge, thank and appreciate our teachers, who educate and guide us to the path of life ahead.
But do you ever wonder how and when it was felt on a global scale to acknowledge the contribution of teachers towards society and dedicate a day to them?
Diving into history!
It was in 1994 when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided to declare October 5 as World Teachers’ Day. It was declared with the realization of recognizing the rights and responsibilities of teachers and educators across the world. Since then World Teachers’ Day is observed every year on October 5.
According to the official website of UNESCO, “This recommendation (to celebrate October 5 as the World Teachers’ Day) sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.”
The day aims at appreciating, assessing, and improving the condition of educators across the world. This day is also seen as an opportunity to consider and address issues that affect teachers such as matters related to their employment and working conditions.
World Teacher’s Day holds utmost significance as it is celebrated to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the challenges relating to the teaching profession.
World Teachers’ Day across the globe
Do you know only some countries celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, while others observe it on different dates in a year?
For example, the United States of America celebrates the day on the first Tuesday of May. India celebrates it on September 5 and China honors the contribution of teachers on September 10.
However, countries such as Russia, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Kuwait, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Romania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Mauritius celebrate the day on October 5.
Theme based celebrations on World Teacher’s Day
The United Nations celebrates World Teacher’s Day annually on a theme that is decided prior. The theme is agreed upon on the basis of issues that the teaching community faces in the contemporary world.
For example, this year’s World Teachers’ Day theme is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.
This year’s theme is decided to keep in view the prevailing crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic. It focuses on the support teachers need to fully contribute to the recovery of our education system after the pandemic.
Similarly, some of the themes of the World Teachers Day in the last four years were:
World Teachers Day 2020 Theme – “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”
World Teachers Day 2019 Theme – “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession”
World Teachers Day 2018 Theme – “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”
World Teachers Day 2017 Theme – “Empowering Teachers”
Do you want to know how to celebrate World Teacher’s Day? Do you want to give the gift of appreciation to your beloved teachers?
Read our blog – How to celebrate World Teacher’s Day 2021!
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