Take a Stand for Teachers: World Teachers’ Day 2012
By Tim Walker
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:
Here are just a few of the World Teachers’ Day celebrations that took place on October 5th. For more, visit the WTD Flickr page.