Take a Stand for Teachers: World Teachers' Day 2012

On Friday, teachers all over the world celebrated World Teachers’ Day. The slogan for 2012 was ‘Take a stand for teachers!’ – for adequate training, funding, ongoing professional development, and protection of teachers’ rights.

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. It also commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.

The futures of millions of children around the world are resting on access to quality education – a distant and unreachable goal without competent and motivated teachers. According to UNESCO, An estimated 1.7 million more teacher positions are required to reach the goals of Universal Primary Education by 2015

An excerpt from a joint statement released by UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Development Program, UNICEF and Education International:

Governments are urged to provide teachers with access to training opportunities and continued professional development, based on appropriate qualifications. Attracting committed and diverse teachers requires environments that value professional autonomy and equality. Teachers need to be supported in fulfilling their responsibilities to students, and their voices must be listened to by school leaders, education systems and public authorities. Teachers’ salaries must be set objectively and fairly, such that remuneration is commensurate with the importance of the profession and the qualifications and responsibilities of individual teachers. … This World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to honour the women and men who inspire, challenge and nurture us. On this day, we call for the creation of supportive teaching environments, adequate teacher training and safeguards for the rights of teachers. We must break the vicious cycle of declining professional conditions for teachers in order to improve the quality of learning for all. The world expects a lot from teachers – they, in turn, are right to expect as much from us.


Here are just a few of the World Teachers’ Day celebrations that took place on October 5th. For more, visit  the WTD Flickr page.