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World Teachers' Day: Taking A Stand for Teachers

Updated on September 23, 2014
World Teacher Day is October 5th of Each Year.
World Teacher Day is October 5th of Each Year. | Source

What is World Teacher Day?

Most everyone is familiar with Teacher Appreciation week, and nations around the world honor teachers at different times of the year. In the United States, the first of May kicks off a week-long celebration for Teachers' Appreciation Week. It's right before Mothers' Day, so teacher-moms get double recognition and praise

What they may not be aware of is what is known as World Teacher's Day.


World Teachers' Day was inaugurated by the United Nation's Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 5th, 1994. It is a day set aside to recognize and celebrate one of society's most important professions.

Its aim is to take a stand for the individuals that have dedicated their lives to the education of future generations. The stand taken for teaches includes providing sufficient training, continuous professional development opportunities and the protection of teachers' rights.


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How is World Teacher Day Organized?

UNESCO collaborates with Education International, a global union federation representing educators around the world. The union strongly urges WTD to be recognized world-wide, and that the principles established by UNESCO and their own organization in 1966 and 1997 be adopted globally. National teacher's unions and other professional organizations help organize events related to the day. Some of these organizations include the following.

  • Australian Education Union

  • Japan's Teachers Union

  • The Canadian Teacher's Federation

  • National Education Association (United States)

  • The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

  • The All India Secondary Teachers' Federation

  • National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom)

Additionally, several international organizations, such as the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) get involved in the planning of celebration World Teacher Day.

The events surrounding the recognition and celebration of the day may include speakers, conferences, recruitments and other events to support the important profession of teaching.

World Teachers' Day was the brainchild of Canadian educator Norman Gobal
World Teachers' Day was the brainchild of Canadian educator Norman Gobal | Source

Celebrating World Teachers' Day Around the Globe

Countries around the world plan activities to commemorate WTD every October 5th. All countries share the same slogan each year. In 2012, for example, the slogan was Take a Stand for Teachers.

In Australia, WTD is celebrated on the last Friday in October because the Aussies are on holiday from school on October 5th. Australia has a nationwide essay contest for all students. The essays of 25 words or less can win their favorite teacher a nice vacation package for two. High-tea vouchers are given to the top nominators.

Canadians participate in a public awareness campaign for WTD through the Canadian Teachers' Federation. In fact, WTD was the brainchild of Canadian teacher leader Norman Gobal back in 1994. Today, Canada boasts one of the best education systems in the world.

Student teachers in South Africa will rally to the theme of A Call for Teachers in the 2013 WTD celebration to be held at the University of Limpopo. In Karachi, Pakistan, the All Pakistan Government School Teachers Association will sponsor a girls' education seminar, poster exhibition and teacher awards.

On WTD 2012, the U.S. Department of State held a grand ceremony to honor 68 United States teachers and 19 International teachers. They were all participants in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair's Teachers for Global Classroom Program. The United States teachers were joined by the International teachers at a two-day symposium at the University of Maryland.

How You Can Celebrate World Teachers' Day.

You can find the names and locations of WTD-related activities around the world at the official website for World Teacher Day. You can also list an event that you know of or have organized by emailing the website, on an iPhone or Android app or by tweeting it on Twitter using the hashtag /s:#teachers. You can also download a poster each year in the language of your choice.

Children can make cards or give small gifts to their teacher on October 5th each year. Or, you can simply say "thank you" to a teacher you know.

HubPages is a popular place to write and share for teachers. Here is a list of Hubbers that I follow who are teachers or have been in the past. I am sure there are many more teacher-Hubbers. I hope they will become followers for me.

I have included a link to their profile page. Stop in and say hello, follow them if you don't already, or leave a comment on one of their wonderful education Hubs. And If you are a teacher, ever have been or plan to be, or if you are a home schooler,


Thank you!


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      Rebecca Mealey 12 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, cclitgirl. Good ti see you here!

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      Rebecca Mealey 12 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! That's pretty impressive! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 12 months ago from Western NC

      Happy World Teacher's Day to you!

      I hope you've been well, sweet friend! Sending you hugs.

      Now...if we can just use this hub to spread the word about how awesome most teachers are. :)

      Sending you hugs!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub and I can relate to it so much!

      I was also a teacher and was teaching English, Social Studies and Art/ craft. I still enjoy teaching. As they say once a teacher always a teacher. Nothing like this noble profession.

      In India we celebrate Teachers day on 5th September. Thanks for reminding the World Teachers day through this well written hub! Thanks for the list of teachers on HubPages. I admire and respect all of them.

      Thanks for the reminder!

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      RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

      Nice to see this again. Some great teachers are listed as hubbers. Thanks again for highlighting the day.

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      Patty Inglish 12 months ago from North America

      I'm happy to be an aerospace sciences teacher with the Civil Air Patrol, currently, but also have taught after-school programs for a couple decades and STEM classes in grades 9 - 12 for 11 years... and martial arts for 34 years to an age range of 5 years to 70 years. Yippeee!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I'm glad to know you were once a teacher, Peg!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great to know of this special date in October. What a wonderful tribute to the value and lifelong impression that teachers make on their students. I taught at a business school for a year and it was truly an unforgetable and rewarding experience.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good for you. Happy WTD!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good for you! Happy WTD

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm on time to celebrate World Teachers Day this year. Thanks for this presentation. Teachers deserve all the accolades (and tangibles) they get.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, and yes, you certainly are a teacher...one of the most important ones.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Rebecca,

      Although I'm a nurse for 30 years, I have been an instructor to nurses for these last 10 years.

      I encourage my students to embrace that all nurses are teachers, as we educate our patients / their families every day in every type of setting.

      I am happy to know more about World Teacher Day. You have written a comprehensive and meaningful review.

      It's beautiful to see how many in our writing community teach/ have taught. Through our writing we can reach even more...

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A well deserved tribute to teachers everywhere. They do an incredible job, often under very difficult circumstances.

      Great hub!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks!

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      gmarquardt 3 years ago from Hill Country, Texas

      Perfect!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Blessings to your dear hubby, and to you for putting up with his endless hours that I am sure he spends working!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! How sweet!

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you for posting this. My husband is a teacher so I understand the hard work they go through on a daily basis. Voted up!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      The teacher in me loves this. Sharing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible hub with such a thoughtful idea.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for sharing, midget!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      And we should, Rebecca. They are the people in the world who really understand what sacrifice is!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a nice tribute to teachers! Teachers deserve more recognition....they have a difficult but important job educating future generations. I was surprised by all the Hubbers on your list who are teachers. My best wishes to you, rebeccamealey, and all teachers across the globe. : )

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      World Teachers' Day: Taking A Stand for Teachers great hub and a teacher's job must be most challenging in this modern day.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yes! Thanks for the info!

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Teachers are the one who shape the future of country espically those who teach in primary schools because they get children and they mould them . So their work must be appreciated. BTW in India we celebrate teachers day on 5th fo Sept.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, and thank you for being a teacher, even if it was just for a short time!

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I recognize several of the hubbers you have listed as teachers, just wanted to thank them and you for your dedicated work. I was a teacher for a short time too and know how much work and hours of planning goes into it. Thanks for sharing Rebecca

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thank you, and thanks for being a teacher!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful highlight for all teachers. Thank you for mentioning my name here, Rebecca. I didn't realize there are so many other great teachers in the community. I enjoy teaching and it is never a dull moment. I have received many totes over the years as gifts and I have every one of them. They are so handy!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, how sweet of you to share. Thanks, Nell Rose. From way over the Pond., too

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I have total respect for all teachers, I know just how hard it is in this day and age, and it can be dangerous too. I used to work as a helper teacher at something called Kumon, an after school math and English school, it was so rewarding, and the kids were great. It taught me so much about how teachers have to get the childrens trust, teach them and keep calm in all circumstances, voted up and shared! nell

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for being a teacher Beth, Hats off to you.

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      Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

      Teaching is not one of the easiest jobs out there. It takes a lot of patience, love, heart and dedication. I have taught many different subjects and through many age groups (JK right up to university and professionals).

      Kudos to the teachers of the world!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How sweet. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      OH, I know cardelean. I have not seen her on her in a while. I am adding her to my list and am going on a quest to find her! Thanks, Mom!

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      I owe my teachers everything for helping guide and support me on my path to becoming a filmmaker - voted up and across!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Rebecca, I have NEVER heard of this day, and wish I had read your hub before today. (6th) I would have greeted the teachers I know with a special nod. BTW--my daughter, cardelean, is also a teacher, if you want to add her to your list. :) Thumbs UP/U/I/A

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So true! Thanks R Talloni!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Hard working teachers everywhere deserve our thanks. Thank you for posting a notice about this acknowledgement of them. Many have jobs that are increasingly more complicated by the society we live in and we need to support their efforts to help the children in their care in the face of family breakdowns and systemic problems within many schools.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So true! Thanks Crystal!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Teachers must be so many things, and tragically, these days, they often risk or give their lives in the line of duty. They are unsung heroes who deserve to be paid and appreciated much more than they are. Voted up and awesome.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Teachers do need all the appreciation we can give them for a sometimes thankless job of shaping the future of our children.

      A great hub with a fine list of teacher-hubbers. Thanks.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am so pleased that there is now a World Teachers Day. They certainly deserve it. I had several teachers that meant the world to me growing up, as I'm sure that we all have. We should never stop learning to commemorate what they instilled in us.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting, epbooks!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I believe teachers deserve so much credit and glad that this day exists. They often don't get the recognition that they deserve for all of the difficult work that they do. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I think teachers need and deserve all the recognition they get! Teaching in a world where respect and honor seem to be a thing of the past is not easy. Teachers deal with parents who blame them when little Johnny doesn't learn, never thinking it may be little Johnny's fault!

      Anyway, I think it is a great holiday, I think you've written a great hub, and your tribute to the HP teachers is a great idea!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Pinned and shared too!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I sure will, Paul. Thanks for being a teacher!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Rebecca, As an EFL and ESL teacher in Thailand, I was unaware that October 5 is World Teachers Day. In Thailand, teachers are honored by students in June with a “Paying Respect to Teachers" ceremony, and by the country with a national "Teachers Day" in January. I would appreciate it if you would add me to your list of fellow Hubber teachers. Thanks. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, janet, I am glad to have you on the list. Thanks for being a teacher!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a great tribute to all teachers. Our profession is more than a job, it's a calling. I feel happy when I can share my experience with children and help them grow. I have never regretted to choose this profession.

      Thank you so much for writing this wonderful hub and honoring all teachers. And also thank you for including me in this list. :-)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I agree. I enjoyed doing this. I liked reviewing the profiles of my fellow Hubbers. Thanks for the share and the angels.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How nice of you to say this. Thanks, Flourish Anyway !

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rebecca

      Awesome. We cannot honor those in our profession that have made teaching their life's work too many times in too many ways.

      This should be headline news..celebrating those who go into the classroom each day to make a difference, one child at a time.

      Voted up up and away Shared...

      Thank you for writing this...Angels are on the way to you and to all teachers everywhere. ps

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      It's incredible what a good teacher can do. Hats off to those who have chose this profession and dedicate themselves to it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating this useful and interesting hub, and thanks for the link to my profile page, too, Rebecca! It's very kind of you to write a hub promoting World Teachers' Day and to create a list of hubbers who are or have been teachers.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rebecca, thank you for putting this together to recognize the work that teachers do. And thanks for including me! :-)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for letting me know. I will add you to my list!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Great hub! Teaching must be a calling... I have been teaching for over 21 years now. Wow... did I just say that? The time has just flown by!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, cclitgirl...

      I kinda thought you seemed like the teacher type, Susan. It's good to know that!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No it's not in my profile.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      How freaking cool! You're amazing yourself, you know. :) Voted, and sharing EVERYWHERE. It's a calling, huh? hehehe

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ok, gotta go put you on my list...good for you, I didn't know. Is it in your profile?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I taught at The Academy of Learning, a computer business school. It was the most rewarding job I've ever had.