World Teachers’ Day 2020 honours educators virtually for the first time
The achievements of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the hard work put in by them was recognised on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day on October 5.
Coming exactly a month after Teachers’ Day in India, where it marks Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday, World Teachers’ Day celebrations began in 1994 at the initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to honour the work of great educators.
The day is co-convened in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organisation and Education International, and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers, which set benchmarks regarding their rights and responsibilities, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment and teaching conditions.
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2020 is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” and it aims to focus on the achievements and draw attention to the voices of teachers working towards global education. The focus was on efforts to protect the right to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a day to take a closer look at teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses, especially in terms of their contributions to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, reopen schools and ensure that learning gaps are filled. The conversation will also be directed towards how teachers are building a resilient society, and shaping the future of education.
The virtual celebrations will be spread out from October 5 to 12. Besides the opening and closing ceremonies, there will be regional, national and global events, including the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Awards Ceremony and a Mobile Learning Week event focusing on the use of technology for the development and mentoring of teachers during the pandemic.
Teachers hold the to a better future for all!— UNESCO (@UNESCO) October 4, 2020
Ahead of World #TeachersDay, let's praise teachers for their daily passion to transmit the gift of knowledge & creativity.
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“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,” says the UNESCO website.
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