World Teacher's Day

World Teachers' Day is observed on 5 October every year. It is also known as International Teachers' Day. Its aim is to create awareness among the youth about the role of teachers' in giving a quality education at all levels and to improve the situations of teachers' in the world.

History of World Teacher’s Day

The history of World Teachers' Day traced back to 5th October 1966. The Special Intergovernmental Conference had been convened on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France to analyze issues affecting teachers and their profession. Finally, the Conference reached a consensus and closed their investigation. As a result, they published a document "Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers'" which was signed by both members of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO.

The first World Teacher's Day was observed on 5 October 1994. Since then it has been held every year. On 12 October 1997, UNESCO in the 29th General Conference session adopted a document "Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel". This document has been revised and improved the standards of education for international teachers and the standards for the educational organizations that employ them. In 2002, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate World Teachers' Day.

How World Teacher’s day celebrations takes place

On this day several events are organized in many countries around the world on 5 October. The day may also be marked by conferences emphasizing the importance of teachers and learning, extra training session for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or professionals. Events will also increase the profile of teachers' and the role they play in the media.

Various trade unions or other professional organizations mark teachers' play an important role in our life. Unions like The Australian Education Union, The Canadian Teacher's Federation, The Elementary Teacher's federation of Ontario (Canada), The All India Secondary Teacher's Federation, The National Union of Teacher’s (United Kingdom), The National Education Association (United States) etc. organize certain events to celebrate World Teacher’s Day. Let us tell you that this day is a global observance and not a public holiday.