World Teachers’ Day or International Teacher’s Day was inaugurated on the 5th October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO (International Labour Organisation) recommendation concerning the status of Teachers.
World Teacher’s Day is merged in the partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, International Labour Organisation, and Education International. The first teacher’s day was held on 5th October 1966, the special Intergovernmental Conference was been convened in Paris, France regarding the status of Teachers to analyze the issues affecting the teachers and their profession.
Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society and their vital contribution they make to education and development across the globe. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.
Internationally, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October 5th by many countries. More than 100 countries celebrate World Teacher’s Day and each of the countries has its own date and kind of celebration. The theme for 2018 was “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.
World Teacher’s Day Celebration in 2019
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2019 is “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” It commemorates the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and serves as a reminder that the right to education cannot be realized without trained and qualified teachers.
The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.
Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on September 5th, to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a renowned Indian philosopher and statesman. While some celebrate teacher’s day on Guru Purnima which is traditionally observed as a day to venerate teachers. Where guru means an “expert at something”, and it actually means “teacher” in Sanskrit and Purnima means “Full Moon”.
In the United States of America, Teacher Appreciation Week is held on a first full week of May and the Tuesday of that week is National Teacher Day, “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”. While countries the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Canada celebrate teachers’ day on October 5th.
Since education is so important to advance and bright future, let’s take a moment to celebrate this special day for our teachers.