World Teachers Day

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2023 Date5 October 2023
2024 Date5 October 2024

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World Teachers' Day is aimed at acknowledging the dedication and contributions made by teachers in shaping the future of societies worldwide. It presents an opportunity to recognize the teachers' impact on the growth of young minds, and to reflect on the challenges faced by these professionals. This particular occasion enables various organizations, communities, and individuals to show their gratitude and support by organizing diverse events and activities to honor the educators who have left a lasting impression upon the younger generation.

This global observance was instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994. Since then, it has been organized annually by UNESCO and other international bodies to ensure that the needs and rights of teachers are properly addressed. For South Africans, World Teachers' Day holds special significance as it provides a platform to celebrate the dedicated educators who have navigated the educational landscape during the challenging times of Apartheid. These educators helped to transform the education system into an accessible space, which is now a crucial element in the overall development and success of the country.

In South Africa, World Teachers' Day is observed with various events and conferences which highlight the importance of teaching and address concerns within the profession. National and local authorities organize workshops and seminars, emphasizing the continued need for professional development and improvement of the education system. Moreover, ceremonies and awards are often held to honor exceptional teachers who have demonstrated a significant impact on the lives of their students. World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of October.

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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.
  • Many teachers are not proficient in some of the subjects they teach. According to the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit, about 20% of maths teachers in rural high schools are competent in the subject.
  • A significant proportion of qualified South African teachers go overseas to teach, often due to better pay and conditions.

Top things to do in South Africa 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!
  • Arrange a special lunch or dinner celebration for your favorite teachers at a popular restaurant to show your appreciation for their hard work.
  • Visit local schools and donate books, educational materials, or volunteer your time to support underprivileged students.

World Teachers Day references and related sites

www.unesco.org: World Teachers' Day

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