World Teachers' Day
World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, and has been held annually since 1994.
Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead.
This ILO/UNESCO Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.
This year, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated with the theme “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession”, providing the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting
and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.
UNESCO provides a rationale for this year’s concept; one that acknowledges teaching as a profession under threat. In the concept note, the international organisation states,
“The early twenty-first century is not an easy time to be a teacher. While teachers were once highly respected professionals, valued, trusted and accepted as inspirational role models for young people, nowadays they too easily serve as scapegoats for the failures of education systems. Indeed, in societies that tend to glorify celebrities, we are more likely to see praise heaped on performing artists, sports personalities and social media influencers than on outstanding teachers."
In the face of this adversity, World Teachers’ Day provides the opportunity to acknowledge and give due respect to the high quality of early childhood teachers, primary and high school teachers, casual relief teachers, principals, and every person that works at the chalkface within our world class education system.
We encourage all of our members to celebrate World Teachers’ Day by celebrating their own important work, and the work of their colleagues.