World Teachers' Day: Taking A Stand for Teachers
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.
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.
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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.
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