World Teachers’ Day 2021: History, Significance and Theme

Education World Teachers’ Day 2021: History, Significance and Theme The services provided by teachers and their contribution towards education are highly acknowledged on World Teachers’ Day.

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New Delhi: World Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on October 5 to consider issues related to teachers and teaching, this day is also known as International Teachers’ Day. The major focus of today is on assessment, appreciation and changes required for teachers and also honouring them for their great contribution towards students and society. World Teachers’ Day is celebrated since 1994.

History

International Teachers’ Day acknowledges the anniversary of the advocacy of the 1966 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/ International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendation concerning the status of teachers.

This day was set in motion with the motive of promoting help regarding teachers and generating awareness about the significance of teachers to meet the necessities of the future generation. The day is observed globally in about 100 nations. On the occasion, events and programmes are organised in schools, colleges and educational institutions in respect of their teachers.

A joint statement from UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO and Education International stated, “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!”

Significance

The services provided by teachers and their contribution towards education are highly acknowledged on World Teachers’ Day. This day is an occasion to resolve the challenges related to the teaching profession and to recognise the responsibilities and rights of the teachers.

Theme

This year’s theme of World Teachers’ Day is ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery’. As per UNESCO, a five day series of regional and global events will highlight the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the profession, showcase promising and effective policy responses and establishment of the steps that needed to be taken to ensure that teachers can do their job with their full potential.

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