World Teacher’s Day 2018
On the 5th October we will be celebrating World Teacher’s Day 2018 and showing our appreciation for all the great teachers all over the globe! On this day, all kinds of events take place all over the world, such as celebrations to honor specific teachers or just celebrations to thank teachers for their contribution to society. World Teacher’s Day aims to focus on ‘appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world’ and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. More than 100 countries celebrate World Teacher’s Day or hold national celebrations throughout the year.
History of World Teacher’s Day
The history of World Teacher’s Day can be traced back to the 5th October 1948, when the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers signed the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers”, a document which was signed by both members of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). This established the rights and obligations of teachers, set international standards for training and set international guidelines for the recruitment and employment of teachers. On the 5th October 1994, the first World Teacher’s Day took place.
Today there is a worldwide shortage of teachers. It is estimated that in the next 14 years, countries must recruit 68.8 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers. Consequently, there is an estimated 264 million children and youth out of school globally. This includes 25 million children of primary school age who will probably never set foot in a classroom.
World Teacher’s Day 2018
This year’s theme for World Teacher’s Day 2018 is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher” and it was chosen to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to trained and qualified teachers. This World Teacher’s Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for children.
The UNESCO cites that everyone can help celebrate the profession, by generating awareness about teacher issues and by ensuring that respect for our teachers is part of the natural order of things. Schools and students prepare celebrations for teachers on this day every year to show their appreciation. So this World Teacher’s Day 2018, take a minute to thank your great teachers for all that they do for you!
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