World's Teacher Day - Why Is It Important?

Celebrations occur all across the country on World Teachers Day with exceptional teachers being recognised at local, state and national award ceremonies for their hard work and dedication to the profession.

When is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday in October. World Teachers’ Day not only celebrates but recognises the significant contribution teachers make to society through educating the next generation. Created in 1996 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This internationally recognised day is designed to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO (International Labour Organisation) recommendation, concerning the status of Teachers.

What is the importance of World Teachers Day?

A teacher’s commitment and dedication to the lives of the children placed in their care is becoming more and more complex. Recognised as a vocation rather than a profession, teaching requires educators to go above and beyond the traditional job description so they can ensure that all children receive a quality education and are equipped with the skills needed to be successful in the future.

Teaching is commonly referred to as a thankless profession with so many of the children not understanding the impact their teachers had on their lives until much later on in life. So, this World Teachers’ Day, do something special for the teachers in your life. I challenge you to get in touch with a teacher from your past who made a significant impact on your life. This could be as easy as a simple thank you because your appreciation in whatever form it comes will make those special teachers in your life understand their efforts do make a difference.

What gift should be given to teachers on Teachers Day?

As an experienced educator, my fondest memories of World Teachers’ Day have been the gift and cards that have been made by students. Two years ago, I received a letter from a past student explaining that some of their fondest school memories were from when I was there teacher. In the letter they recalled some of their favourite lessons as well funny memories from being in the class. I treasure this letter because it is a testament to why I became a teacher in the first place.

Author: Sim K