What is World Teachers' Day ?
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th in order to recognize the role teachers play in society and mobilize support for them in the future. Currently in its 22nd year, UNESCO officially established this day in 1994. On October 5th, 1966, during an international conference in Paris, the UNESCO and the International Labor Organization signed the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers,” a milestone which was later adopted into the annual day.
World Teachers’ Day is meant to affirm the rights and responsibilities of teachers around the world, from the standards of employment and recruitment to their conditions. Equally important, it was established to look at the current challenges teachers are facing and how to best address them so that they can make the most meaningful contribution to the next generation of citizens. As UNESCO claims on their website, “Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.”
Teachers, students, and leaders of education celebrate in diverse ways throughout the world. There are events and conferences, but less formally, it’s also a way for students to show appreciation for those mentoring them, and often serves as a break from the routine of school through field trips.