#BLOGTOBER DAY 5 – World Teachers Day
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5.
On October 5, 1966, the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers” was signed by representatives of UNESCO and International Labour Organization. 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.
On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held. This event has been organised on the same date each year since then. 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.
Various events are arranged in many countries around the world on or around October 5. These include celebrations to honour teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community. 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.
Trade unions or other professional organisations that represent teachers play an important role in organising 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).
Moreover, international organisations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Education International organise 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.
As my fellow blogger says Teacher’s job is never done and I want to thank to all teachers from around the world for their commitments and hard job in teaching people.
Happy World Teacher’s Day!
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