World Teachers’ Day 2020: The day presents the chance to applaud the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of successes, and attract attention to teachers’ voices, who always try hard to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
World Teachers’ Day 2020 Highlights
- World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day and Teachers’ Day
- Commemorated to respect teachers and teacher organizations
- To take stock of successes and attract attention to teachers’ voices
- Co-convened in coalition with UNICEF, ILO, and Education International
- “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” is the theme for 2020
- Addresses teachers’ professional development needs to respond to the COVID-19
- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations will take place online.
- There will be a series of national, regional, and global events
- The week-long program starts from the opening Ceremony and UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Awards Ceremony on October 5 and the Closing Ceremony on October 12
- The Supreme Kabir Saheb and His Incarnation Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji are the Perfect Master (Satguru)
- On World Teachers’ Day, the humans should realize the Divine Truth from Perfect Master
What Is World Teachers’ Day?
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day and Teachers’ Day, commemorated to respect teachers and teacher organizations for their crucial role in the education and advancement of forthcoming generations.
The day presents the chance to applaud the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of successes, and attract attention to teachers’ voices, who always try hard to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
UN recognized the teachers as key to achieving the Education 2030 agenda by adopting the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target SDG 4.c. World Teachers’ Day became an opportunity to gauge progress and suggest ways to respond to the future challenges for promoting the teaching profession.
Co-conveners of World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in coalition with UNICEF, the International Labor Organization, and Education International.
“In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. They have worked individually and collectively worldwide to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.”— Joint Statement From UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, And Education International on World Teachers’ Day 2020
When Is World Teachers’ Day?
Since October 5, 1994, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated to honor the anniversary of the 1966 adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. To commemorate this day, UNESCO conducts a campaign every year to allow the world to understand better teachers and their impact on students’ development within society.
What Is the 2020 Year’s Theme and Its Rationale?
“Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” is the theme of World Teachers’ Day 2020.
The year 2020 is a year of a challenge to protect the right to education. It is the time to work with the teachers to unfold the landscape brought about by the coronavirus outbreaks. The world was facing a threat already by over-extended education systems worldwide, and the COVID-19 pandemic further exaggerated the situation.
It is critical to explore the teachers’ leadership and expedite the teachers’ contribution to provide remote learning, reopen schools, support vulnerable masses, and mitigate learning gaps. World Teachers’ Day is the chance to discuss teachers’ role in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.
How Is World Teachers’ Day Celebrated?
2020 is a particular year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and given the current situation, the celebrations will take place online. There will be a series of national, regional, and global events on the World Teachers’ Day throughout the week starting from the opening Ceremony and UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Awards Ceremony on October 5 and the Closing Ceremony on October 12.
Ensuring Quality Teacher Education
By April 2020, almost every country worldwide implemented nationwide school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While essential to containing the spread of the disease and protecting public health, these actions could further exacerbate the global learning crisis, with over 1.57 billion learners at all levels out of school, representing over 90% of the world’s total enrolled student population.
To withstand the current pandemic’s short-term impact on teachers’ capacity to provide quality teaching and improve learning outcomes is significant. As part of the COVID-19 response, there is an urgent requirement to address teachers’ professional development needs.
Almost half of the world’s learners are disconnected from the Internet resulting in significant educational disruption during school closures. The teachers worldwide have to help their students navigate the world of distance learning, arranging sufficient guidance, training, support, and resources.
History of World Teachers Day
On October 5, 1966, UNESCO and ILO organized a conference of governments in Paris to expand teachers’ status. UNESCO and ILO representatives agreed on the recommendation of the forum. The proposal described teachers’ rights, responsibilities, and various other aspects of the teaching profession worldwide.
On October 5, 1994, UNESCO established the first World Teacher’s Day. The purpose was to emphasize participation and development and highlight issues of teachers and priorities regarding education. The date of October 5 was marked to observe the Teachers’ Day globally on the anniversary to adopt the 1966 ILO / UNESCO recommendation.
The governments realized the importance of qualified, competent, and motivated teachers. On November 11, 1997, during UNESCO’s 29th session, the proposal included teaching and research personnel in higher education.
Who Celebrates World Teachers’ Day Globally?
More than 100 nations observe the World Teachers’ Day internationally. Education International, along with its 401 associations globally, perceive and celebrate World Teachers’ Day globally. There are several Professional organizations and Trade unions actively participating in organizing World Teacher’s Day across the globe; some give as under:
- The All India Secondary Teachers’ Federation
- The Australian Education Union
- The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario at Canada
- The Canadian Teachers’ Federation
- The Japan Teachers’ Union
- The Teachers Council at New Zealand
- The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers at the United Kingdom
- The National Union of Teachers at the United Kingdom
- The National Education Association at the United States
Some Facts About World Teachers’ Day
To observe World Teachers’ Day, the best thing you can show gratitude by thanking your Guru or a teacher who made an impact on your life. While celebrating World Teachers Day, everyone should know the following interesting facts:
- According to UNESCO, a trained teacher has the prescribed qualifications and the minimum academic teacher training to teach at a related level
- October 5, 1994, observed the first World Teachers’ Day
- 100+ countries celebrate World Teachers’ Day; each state has its unique celebration
- World Teachers’ Day is to promote the teaching profession
- On average, primary school teacher spends 782 hours every year
- Teachers’ day is not a public holiday but a global overview
- The Teacher is one of the most trusted professions after doctors and nurses.
How Can I Mark World Teachers’ Day?
Countless questions surge into mind: Who am I? Who made me? What am I supposed to do?
Who can answer all the questions? Only the one who made all these, The Supreme. According to the Holy Scriptures, Kabir Saheb is the Creator of all beings and all things. He and a Saint enlightened by Him are the Perfect Master (Satguru) who can unfold the original Abode’s mystery.
The humans must go to the Enlightened Teacher Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj, to realize the Divine Truth. Read the Book the “Way of Living” and visit “Satlok Ashram YouTube Channel.”