WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY, 2020: FEW FACTS

   I always feel joyous and excited  on occasion of National (5September) or World (5 October) Teachers’ Day,as I could complete school education to my top education i.e. Ph.D. because of my teachers and also happy that I started my carrier as College Teacher. 

   In India, from 1962, 5 September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day as on this day in 1888 a great scholar, philosopher, erudite person and statesman Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born. On the other hand, in the world 5 October is celebrated as World Teachers’ Day, which was initiated from 1994. It is pertinent to mention that   UNESCO celebrates World Teachers’ Day (WTD) to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation, on-going professional development, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions. It also contains numerous recommendations for teachers’ participation in educational decisions through social dialogue and negotiation with educational authorities. As per UNESCO, “this year’s World Teachers’ Day has an even greater significance in light of the challenges that teachers have faced during the COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic has shown, they make a crucial contribution to ensuring continuity of learning and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students. Because of COVID-19, nearly 1.6 billion learners – more than 90% of the world’s total enrolled student population – have been affected by school closures. The COVID-19 crisis has also affected over 63 million teachers, highlighted persistent weaknesses in many education systems and exacerbated inequalities, with devastating consequences for the most marginalized. 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. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively 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 (en.unesco.org/news/)”.  Also it is observed that from the document that, “We now need to think beyond COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience in our education systems, so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other such crises. This means protecting education financing, investing in high-quality initial teacher education, as well as continuing the professional development of the existing teacher workforce”.

 This year, (2020) World Teachers’ Day (WTD) is celebrated with the theme, “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future.” According to Guy Ryder,  the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, “Now is the time to recognize the role of teachers in helping to ensure a generation of students can reach their full potential, and the importance of education for short-term stimulus, economic growth and social cohesion, during and after COVID-19”. World is celebrating Teachers’ Day for their continued commitment to the students and for contributing to the achievement of the 2030 targets under Sustainable Development Goal 4.

  According to our former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ji, “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me”.

On occasion of World Teachers’ Day, my Pronam to all the teachers for their selfless service.

The following website and eBook have been consulted while writing the article:

  1. https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/ed_dialogue/sector/documents/normativeinstrument/wcms_493315.pdf
  2. UNESCO, 2020, “World Teachers’ Day 2020 Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”
  3. https://en.unesco.org/news/world-teachers-day-joint-statement-unesco-ilo-unicef-and-education-international
  4. https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/statements-and-speeches/WCMS_757035/lang–en/index.htm

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