Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

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5 October 2016

World Teachers’ Day (October 5th) is a chance to celebrate the essential work teachers do in preparing future generations for work and life, and in defending public education.

Ensuring that every child across the world has access to education is still an elusive goal, particularly for girls, and it is the world’s dedicated and passionate teachers who are moving that goal closer to reality

The theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day is ‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’ and it also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers – a document which was the first global charter of rights for teachers.

Australian schools won’t celebrate World Teachers’ Day until Friday, October 28th, and we’ll let you know what different states are doing.

But there are plenty of events celebrating teachers happening around the world as we acknowledge the work of teachers, and mobilise support for them.

This year’s World Teachers’ Day is the first to be celebrated within the new Global Education 2030 Agenda adopted by the world community one year ago.
These goals include the aim of: “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

While public education remains strong in Australia, not all children around the world are able to attend school.

Teachers are pivotal to the right to equitable, quality education, and they are key to achieving the targets set out in the Global Education Agenda.

In order to achieve these goals, it will be necessary tosubstantially increase the supply of qualified teachers and to encourage them by valuing their work.

By 2030, 3.2 million more teachers will be required across the world to achieve universal primary education and 5.1 million more in order to achieve universal lower secondary education.

Over 100 countries celebrate World Teachers’ Day because they recognise the valuable role that teachers play in shaping future generations and ensuring that the opportunities of education are available to all.