World Teachers' Day

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2024 DateOctober 5, 2024
2025 DateOctober 5, 2025

World Teachers' Day

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World Teachers' Day History

World Teachers’ Day celebrates the critical role teachers play in shaping the minds and lives of students around the world. This day is an opportunity to honour teachers for their dedication and commitment to educating future generations. It focuses on raising awareness about the importance of quality education, recognizing the achievements and efforts of educators, and addressing the unique challenges they face.

The origin of World Teachers’ Day traces back to October 5, 1966, when UNESCO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the "Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers" that aimed to set international standards for the profession. In Canada, teachers have always played an essential part in the development of the nation, shaping its culture and values. World Teachers’ Day serves as a reminder for Canadians to recognize the significant contributions made by teachers in building a better and more inclusive society for all.

In Canada, various schools, organizations, and communities come together to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. Events and activities may include ceremonies, special gatherings, or social media campaigns to express appreciation and support for teachers. Schools might invite local dignitaries to address students on the value of education and the role of teachers in the community. There may also be discussions surrounding educational policies and improvements in the Canadian education system. World Teachers' Day is observed annually on October 5th.

World Teachers' Day facts

  • The theme for World Teacher's Day in 2022 was The transformation of education begins with teachers
  • According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), there are approximately 69.4 million teachers around the world.
  • Canadian teachers tend to stay in the profession for a relatively long time. According to an OECD report, the average age of teachers in Canada is 42 and the average length of a teaching career is 26 years.
  • Teachers in Canada are paid well in comparison to other countries. A study conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked Canada as the second highest amongst G7 countries in terms of teachers' starting salaries.

Top things to do in Canada for World Teachers' Day

  • Donate supplies to your children's teachers. Teachers usually have a supply list and the more resources they have, the better their learning environment!
  • Support organizations that work to improve education and provide resources for teachers. Some organizations include the Canadian Teachers' Federation, Pathways to Education Canada, and Frontier College.
  • Work with the school administration or the parent-teacher association to plan a celebration honoring teachers. This could include hosting a breakfast or lunch, giving thank-you cards or gifts, or organizing a special assembly to show appreciation for their hard work.

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