World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day Quick Facts - NZ

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2024 Date5 October 2024
2025 Date5 October 2025

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World Teachers' Day History

World Teachers' Day honours the teaching profession's vital role in educating future generations. This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of quality education and the need for well-trained, effective, and dedicated teachers. By celebrating the commitment and hard work of educators, this observance also encourages the global exchange of ideas and experiences to enhance the professional development of teachers worldwide.

Established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers' Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers. This Recommendation outlines the rights and responsibilities of teachers and sets standards for their initial preparation and ongoing education. In New Zealand, this day also highlights the unique aspects of the country's educational system and the valuable contributions made by educators in fostering a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.

World Teachers' Day is typically observed in New Zealand with various events and activities organised by schools, educational institutions, and teacher organisations. These may include award ceremonies, professional development workshops, seminars, and public discussions to recognise and honour the dedication of teachers in the country. The official date for World Teachers' Day is October 5, but New Zealand often celebrates it on the closest school day to this date.

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.
  • Beginning teachers can earn around NZ$52,000 per year; while experienced primary teachers can earn from NZ$82,000 to NZ$91,000 per year. Salaries for secondary teachers range from around NZ$82,000 to NZ$98,000 per year, depending on their experience and qualifications.
  • To become a teacher in New Zealand, one has to complete a three year Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Teaching or Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Education.

Top things to do in NZ 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!
  • Gather fellow parents, community members, or fellow teachers to show appreciation for educators by hosting an event or gathering in their honor.
  • Use the occasion to raise awareness about the critical role of teachers in our society and discuss the challenges they face, advocating for better training, resources, and support.

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