in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers
in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a
day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their
appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.
What is World Teachers’ Day?
Teachers’ Day was inaugurated on 5th October 1994 by the United Nations
Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the
1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of
Teachers. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognised
the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However as
this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day
on the last Friday in October of each year.
suggestions for celebrating World Teachers’ Day include:
a morning tea, lunch or after work BBQ for teachers
a concert of student performances as a tribute to their teachers
each teacher with a small token of appreciation, such as a certificate
a collection of teacher appreciation messages, poems and drawings from
a World Teachers' Day poster or postcard design competition for students
World Teachers' Day badges and stickers