World Teachers Day is commemorated on 5th October to appreciate the rights and importance of teachers and educators. Teachers are not only great friends, philosophers, and guides.
They support us through all the tough times of our education life. The day was started to honor and give recognition to the world’s educators.
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World Teachers’ Day
Date And History
UNESCO declared 5th October as World Teachers Day in 1994. The day marks the anniversary of adopting the 1966 ILO UNESCO Recommendation, which is related to teacher’s status. It was adopted in an intergovernmental conference that UNESCO convened in tandem with ILO.
As per UNESCO’s official website, “This recommendation sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.”
After that, the UNESCO general conference adopted this recommendation that dealt with the status of higher education teaching personnel in the year 1997.
World Teachers’ Day: Significance
World Teachers Day was launched with the objective to appreciate and work on improving the condition of educators all over the world.
This day is also a chance to think about and address any issues the teachers and their profession face. To celebrate this day, The UNESCO and Education International (EI) conducts a campaign yearly that targets different themes.
These themes aim to understand the scope of teachers and their job since they play such a crucial role in developing the students and the society.
This historical recommendation talks about tackling the personnel policy in education, their training, recruitment, and the problem of continuing education for the teachers.
World Teachers Day holds prime importance as we celebrate it to note down teachers’ progress and mull over the ways to manage the challenges that relate to the teaching profession.
The day primarily focuses on the employment and working conditions of teachers as they could be neglected. The guidelines are made to uplift teachers’ status so that they can provide quality education.
World Teachers Day 2021
One and a half years have passed since the COVID-19 crisis spread its claws. This 2021 World Teachers Day focuses on supporting the teachers and help in promoting the theme “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”
A five-day event of global and regional programs will present this pandemic’s effect on the teachers and showcase effective policies. It will also establish the steps that are required to be taken so as to ensure that the teachers can utilize their potential completely.
The World Teachers’ Day celebrations this year will happen in tandem with a meeting of the Joint ILO-UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART).
This program will run from 4th to 8th October 2021. Plus, a calendar of the events and materials will be published soon.
World Teachers Day Quotes
1. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
2. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
3. “Whenever you find something extraordinary, you’ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.” – Arne Duncan
4. “You have to grow from the inside out. None ca teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda
5. “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother, and the teacher.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
6. A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
7. “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
8. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
9. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki
10. “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzun
11. “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott
12. “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.” –Amos Bronson
13. “They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.” – Nicholas Sparks
14. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
15. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Khalil Gibran
16. “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott
17. “To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching.” – George Bernard Shaw
18. ‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener.’ –Robert Frost
19. ‘A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.’ –Thomas Carruthers
20. ‘I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.’ –Albert Einstein
21. ‘Teaching is the highest form of understanding.’ –Aristotle
22. ‘I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am.’ –Paulo Freire
23. ‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener –Robert Frost
24. ‘Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.’ –Frank Herbet
25. ‘To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.’ –Henri-Frédéric Amiel