World Teachers’ Day – 2013

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


The 2013 events come under the slogan: “A Call for Teachers”!.

This year’s celebrations will focus on UNESCO’s work on quality teachers for global citizenship and cultural diversity. Teachers develop learners’ abilities to build a sustainable future with citizens who are able to take action in their own communities and contribute to global challenges.

Of course every day should be world teachers’ day as teachers are still the main mediators between the home and the child’s future potential. Although formal education is not the only way in which a child is educated about the world but it is the way that most children will gain the more formal knowledge and skills which can offer more opportunities for them.

One thing is certain, the job of the teacher is becoming more complex and demanding and for this reason new approaches and use of  new technologies  demand better training for teachers and a general improvement in the professionalisation of teachers.

Starting the day – in Gisborne New Zealand – reminding us that teachers need to be skilled in dealing with learners from different cultures and whose mother tongue may not be used as the language of instruction.


Study Shows African and Arab States Are Worst Hit by Teacher Shortage

One point six million additional teachers will be required to achieve universal primary education by 2015, and this number will rise to 3.3 million by 2030, according to a report published by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) on the occasion of World Teachers Day, celebrated on October 5.


The report also shows that a total of 3.5 million new lower secondary education positions will have to be established by 2015 and 5.1 million will be required by 2030. This is the first time that UIS projections extend to 2030 and include data on lower secondary education.


About 58% of countries currently do not have enough teachers in classrooms to achieve universal primary education. While the problem concerns all regions of the world, the situation in Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly bad. By 2030, 2.1 million teaching positions will have to be created in Sub-Saharan Africa over and above the 2.6 million teachers leaving the profession who will need to be replaced.


The Arab States are also concerned by teacher shortages. By 2030, the region will face an explosion in its school-age population with 9.5 million additional students. To achieve universal primary education, the region needs to create an additional 500,000 posts by 2030 and replace 1.4 million teachers who will have left the profession.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


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