Celebrate World Teacher’s Day! Events, Tools and Resources

Celebrate World Teacher’s Day!
October 5th is World Teacher’s Day and being a teacher myself I am more than happy to extol the vital place of teachers in society. As this year’s focus is on teachers who work in emergency or post crisis contexts I reflect on those teachers I have worked with in places such as Chad,  Colombia, Timor Leste and Les Comores. In Chad teachers for nomadic students often had to put up with violence from sedentary agriculturalists or even be threatened by mines laid during the civil war, as they crossed the desert. In Colombia passionate teachers risked their lives teaching in communities sandwiched between the FARC and the military. I asked why they put their life at risk?  They answered, without thinking -‘because we love the children‘. In Timor Leste rice farmers volunteered to become teachers so that schools could operate soon after the devastation following the independence vote which left all schools smouldering and few trained teachers left to teach. They had few materials ,little training and often just four walls -no windows, doors or roof. It was important to open the schools so that children could ‘get back to some sort of normality’. In Comores teachers often do not get paid for six months or more due to the fragility of the economy and political instability. So it is time to celebrate the brave efforts of teachers worldwide.

World Teachers’ Day is held annually to commemorate the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.

INEE has put together a list of resources that can be accessed easily from their site.

This year’s World Teachers’ Day is paying special homage to teachers who work in emergency and post-crises contexts. In times of disaster and crisis, teachers play a crucial role in bringing stability and recovery to a community. They provide life-sustaining and life-saving information to children, youth and their families, and help provide a safe, protected environment where learners can begin healing from the effects of a crisis. Teachers themselves often face many personal difficulties in emergency situations or during transition and recovery, and show great resilience in championing education in challenging environments.


Along with structures, supplies, curricula and furniture, appropriately qualified teachers are critical for the provision of quality, relevant and protective education Yet to meet the internationally agreed education targets by 2015, 1.3 million new teachers need to be recruited each year (of which approximately 276,000 correspond to post creations) and the areas most desperately in need of teachers are those affected by or recovering from crisis, fragility and displacement.  A global projected total of 9.1 million teachers need to be recruited between 2008 and 2015 (UIS, 2010). (for more information, click here).

The International Task Force on Teachers for EFA is dedicated to addressing this critical gap. Click here to read their most recent update.

INEE Blog Conversation: Focus on Teachers In anticipation of World Teachers’ Day, INEE, UNESCO and the Task Force on Teachers for EFA invited INEE Members to comment on either or all of the following questions:

  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned from a teacher?
  • What are the biggest challenges that teachers face in crisis settings and how can we best support them?
  • How should we support governments in reducing the teacher gap and upholding EFA commitments in crisis contexts?

Click here for a summary of the comments.

Click here to read the discussion and join in! Contributions already shared will be used to guide discussion during tomorrow’s World Teachers’ Day events in New York and Paris.

Human Rights Watch Case Study on INEE Blog: Separatist attacks on teachers and the government’s use of schools as military bases are greatly harming the education of children in Thailand’s southern border provinces. Human Rights Watch has therefore determined Southern Thailand to be one of the most dangerous places to be a teacher. To read more about this case study, visit the INEE blog here.

Good Practices for Teaching and Learning
The recently launched INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning articulate good practice on issues of curricula adaptation and development; teacher training, professional development and support; instruction and learning processes; and the assessment of learning outcomes.
The Teachers’ User Guide (Appendix 8 in the Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning) offers practical tips for teachers to keep in mind when planning and supporting classes in crisis settings.

  • Download the Guidance Notes; to request a hardcopy, email materials@ineesite.org
  • Download the one-page User’s Guide for the Guidance Notes
  • Access the Resource Pack, which offers implementation tools, teaching materials and case studies on Teaching and Learning.
  • Read Case Studies on Teaching and Learning submitted by INEE members
  • Download 30 and 90 minute orientation guides and related PowerPoint presentation

Learn more at www.ineesite.org/teachinglearning


World Teachers’ Day 2010 – UNESCO calling for stories about heroic teachers

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day (WTD) on October 5, UNESCO is inviting the public to send in stories, photos and videos that pay homage to teachers involved in their country’s recovery from natural disaster, conflict and other crises. Selected content (sent to stories@unesco.org) will be published on the UNESCO website.

With the theme “Recovery begins with teachers”, World Teachers’ Day 2010 is a tribute to teachers’ vital role in social, economic and intellectual rebuilding.

On October 5, teachers from Haiti, Israel, Lesotho, Mali, Lao PDR and France will share their experiences dealing with crisis at a discussion organized at UNESCO in Paris.  A presentation of the latest statistics on the global teacher shortage and the opening of a photo exhibition on teachers who work in particularly daunting conditions are among other highlights of UNESCO’s celebration of the Day.

“Teachers provide continuity and reassurance…. By giving hope for the future and providing structure and a sense of normalcy, they help to mitigate the effects of conflict, disaster and displacement.…. Supporting teachers in post-crisis situations is an investment in peace and development,” says the joint statement for the Day signed by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the chief executives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Education International (EI).


“Teachers are peace builders,” added Ms Bokova. “They pave the way to living together, by promoting values of respect, tolerance, mutual understanding and solidarity. This mission is more vital than ever in our increasingly connected and multicultural societies.”

World Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate teachers, but also to draw attention to their status, employment conditions and the needs of countries where teacher recruitment is not keeping pace with increases in student enrolment. According to the latest projections by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS), 9.1 million more teachers will need to be recruited over seven years (2008-2015) to meet the Education For All goal of universal primary education by 2015.

UNESCO is organizing an all-day celebration on October 5. Ms Bokova will open the photo exhibition as well as the afternoon session, chaired by Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education. In addition to teachers’ testimonies about supporting recovery from natural disasters, HIV/AIDS, conflict and violence, other presentations will cover such topics as promoting excellence in teaching, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education For All and accelerating teacher development through new technologies.

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.

As part of UNESCO’s ongoing support of education in emergency and post-crisis situations, the International Institute of Educational Planning (IEPP) will issue on 5 November the second edition of its Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction, aimed primarily at ministries of education. The revised edition contains five volumes and an interactive CD-Rom.

More information about Teachers’ Da


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