Global March has learned from its member Education International (EI) that the new World Teachers’ Day web site is up and running: www.5oct.org. The website and its materials are available in English, French and Spanish.
World Teachers’ Day is commemorated each year on 5th October and this year there will be a special focus on all teachers who have been directly or indirectly affected by a major crisis. Be it a humanitarian crisis, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and China and the floods in Pakistan, or the global economic crisis that has devastated many countries over the past year, the role of teachers and other education personnel is vital to social, economic and intellectual rebuilding.
All those who are fighting to provide quality education to children of the world can join teachers and their representative organisations to celebrate the profession and show them their support. The website offers a wealth of possibilities to mark the day, including:
- Downloading a special poster and other communications media.
- Sending e-cards to teachers.
- Sharing World Teachers’ Day photos with EI.
World Teachers’ Day has been held annually since 1994, when it was created by UNESCO, and celebrates teachers and the teaching profession worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
“We urge members and partners around the world to support and promote World Teachers’ Day in whatever way they can,” said Global March Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi. “Teachers are the foundation of our education systems and are central to the Education For All and MDG 2 efforts in ensuring access to good quality education for all children. We are all aware of the significant deficit in the numbers of teachers worldwide and yet they are central to national development. On behalf of Global March, we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to teachers and their organisations worldwide for the crucial work they do in advancing the fight against child labour and driving forward the Education For All agenda.”