World Teachers Day [October 5]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 12, 2022, 6:08

Every year on the 5th of October, World Teachers Day honours all teachers worldwide. It marks the 50th anniversary of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Teachers, which establishes guidelines for teachers' rights and obligations and criteria for initial and continuing education, recruiting, employment, and teaching and learning circumstances.

In 1997, the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Staff was adopted to supplement the 1966 Recommendation by addressing higher-education teaching personnel. Since 1994, World Teachers Day has been observed. The day is also known as international teachers' day. The primary aim of International Teachers Day is to make people aware of a teacher's role in building a good society.

World Teachers Day Theme

Every year, a theme is decided for World Teachers Day. The theme for International Teachers Day 2022 is yet to be determined. The theme for 2021 was "Teachers are the heart of education recovery." While the entire world was struggling with bringing the old ways of teaching back, teachers were the ones who were carrying the burden of taking education forward in these challenging times.

A five-day series of global and regional events, according to UNESCO, will emphasise the impact of the pandemic on the teaching profession, highlight effective and promising policy responses, and identify the steps that need to be taken to guarantee that teaching staff reach their full potential.

The theme of World Teachers Day 2020 was "Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future." The day aims to celebrate all the teachers who contribute to building a society in all the countries. Several teachers voice their opinions and make efforts to educate everyone.

The theme for International Teachers Day 2019 was The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher. This makes people realise the importance of teachers in fulfilling the right to education.

World Teachers Day History

The first World Teachers Day was celebrated on the 5th of October, 1966. In Paris, France, a Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers was held to examine concerns impacting teachers and their profession. The Conference finally agreed and concluded their study. As a result, they released a document titled "Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers," signed by both ILO and UNESCO members.

World Teachers Day Significance

International Teachers Day has a lot of relevance. Several countries engaging in the celebration of this occasion to celebrate all the teachers and teaching as a profession. World Teachers Day is critical in showing teachers how much they are valued, encouraging more people to pursue careers as teachers, and raising awareness about issues facing the profession. Teachers may be inspired to make changes as a result of the discussions and support they receive on this special day.

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World Teachers Day Objective

It aims to honour teachers' diligent efforts to keep classes going and provide minimal disruption to students' learning throughout the pandemic. The focus of the day will be on the help that teachers need to completely recover from the health crisis that prompted schools to close for several months.

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Celebrations on World Teachers Day

On this day, the 5th of October, various events are held in different nations throughout the world. Conferences highlighting the value of teachers and learning, and additional teacher training sessions, are conducted to make people realise the importance of teachers and teaching as a profession.

Also, several recruitment drives are organised for potential teachers in universities and colleges. The primary aim of these events is to showcase the importance of teachers and how they shape the world.

International Teachers Day is a celebration of all teachers across the globe. While different countries might have different days for celebrating teachers' day, still all countries conduct seminars and events on this day to make people aware of the role a teacher plays in shaping education.

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FAQs on World Teachers Day

Q.1. When is World Teachers Day celebrated?

World Teachers Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of October.

Q.2. World Teachers Day for the first time was celebrated in which year?

World Teachers Day was celebrated in 1994 for the first time.

Q.3. What is the theme of World Teachers Day 2021?

The theme for World Teachers Day 2021 is Teachers are the heart of education recovery.

Q.4. Which document was released on the first-ever World Teachers Day?

A document titled "Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers" was released on the first-ever World Teachers Day.

Q.5. Which organisations signed the document on the status of teachers on World Teachers Day?

The members of ILO and UNESCO signed the document on the status of teachers on World Teachers Day.