Take the time to say ‘thank you’ to a teacher today

25 October 2019

Today is World Teachers’ Day in Australia - an ideal opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the immense contribution that teachers make to students, families, schools and communities around Australia.

Australian Education Union Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said that World Teachers’ Day was a chance to appreciate the essential role that teachers play in ensuring a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.

“The Australian Education Union would like to thank all teachers across Australia for the essential work they do each day to support our children and prepare them for a life of success, achievement and happiness,” Mr Mulheron said.

“Today provides an occasion to celebrate the teaching profession and to take stock of its achievements.”

“Public school teachers make a positive difference every day in their schools, in their students, and in the community. They play an essential role in giving our children every chance to meet and even exceed their potential,” Mr Mulheron said.

“Education makes a real difference in people’s lives. It is our teachers who take the lead and work tirelessly to give our children the skills, the confidence and the knowledge that are so important in making a success of their lives.”

World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and members of the community show their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994.

“For many teachers, teaching is not just a profession but a passion. Teaching isn’t just what happens in the classroom - it’s sports and after-school activities, concerts, school trips, award events and parent-teacher nights,” Mr Mulheron said.

Many schools will honour teachers during assembly, hold a morning tea, or work with parent and community groups to acknowledge them.”

“However, do not feel you have to wait for a formal opportunity to say thank you. If you see your child’s teacher today, why not mark World Teachers’ Day by thanking them for their part in helping your child develop?”

“To all teachers, to all of our members, whether you are in your first year of teaching or you have spent decades in the classroom - thank you.”