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    World Teachers’ Day, October 5

    World Teachers’ Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. 

    World Teachers’ Day 2009 – “Build the future: invest in teachers now!”

    World Teachers’ Day 2009 puts the spotlight on the global teacher shortage and the challenges of being a teacher today. 

    In our rapidly changing and interdependent world, teachers not only have to ensure that students acquire solid skills in basic subjects, but also that they become responsible local and global citizens, at ease with new technologies and able to make informed decisions about health, the environment and other challenges.

    Sustained investment is required to develop a well-trained and motivated teaching force. A global total of 10.3 million teachers should be recruited between 2007 and 2015 just to meet the goal of universal primary education. At a time when the global economic slowdown risks putting tight constraints on education budgets, it is critical that governments support the recruitment, training and professional development of teachers.

     Related Links

    Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO 

    Press Release

    Information note about World Teachers’ Day 2009

    Provisional programme 

    Education International (Global federation of teacher unions) World Teachers’ Day  page and poster

    Hands Up for Education: Education International’s strategy for recovery

    United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe: Human Rights Education

    UNESCO Institute for Statistics Information Sheet on Global Demand for Teachers


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    One response to “WORLD TEACHER’S DAY: OCTOBER 5, 2009

    1. World Teacher’s Day falls during school holidays in Australia so our ‘World Teacher’s Day” is the 29th October….

      Love to hear from other Australian Teachers at the TEACHER’S LOUNGE ( or through our facebook site at!/pages/WA-Teachers-Lounge/154210691257798?ref=sgm

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