Today, October 5, is marked annually as “World Teachers’ Day.”
World Teachers’ Day” is held to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, setting benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching personnel in higher education.
World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated since 1994, and is co-convened in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF and Education International (EI).
A joint statement from UNESCO, ILO, and EI said: “On World Teachers’ Day, we are not only celebrating every teacher. We are calling on countries to invest in them and prioritize them in global education recovery efforts so that every learner has access to a qualified and supported teacher. Let’s stand with our teachers!“
The theme of the 2021 World Teachers’ Day is: “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”
A five-day series of global and regional events will showcase the effect that the pandemic has had on the teaching profession, highlight effective and promising policy responses, and aim to establish the steps that need to be taken to ensure that teaching personnel develop their full potential, UNESCO stated.