World teacher’s day or International Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on 5th of October which recalls the adoption of ILO/UNESCO concerning the teachers status. Teachers day is celebrated to set a benchmark regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards and to prepare them for further education, employment, recruitment about teaching and learning conditions.
The aim of celebrating World Teacher’s Day is to focus on “assessing, appreciating and improving educators around the world”. It also provides an opportunity to show light on the issues related to the teachers and teaching.
Theme of World Teachers Day 2020 Theme
This year the theme of World Teachers Day 2020 is- “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed substantially to the issues affecting over-extended education systems worldwide. It is not excessive to suggest that the world is at the crossroads and that we must now work harder than ever with teachers to protect and direct the right to education in the pandemic ‘s growth.
In response to crises, the teacher leadership issue is not only timely, but also critical as teachers have made a significant contribution to providing remote learning, supporting vulnerable populations and re-opening schools, as well as to mitigating learning gaps. The WTD discussions will also focus on the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and teaching.
Every year World Teachers Day is celebrated with a specific theme that focuses on issues related to teaching and teachers. Last year the theme of world teachers day 2019 is “Young Teachers: The future of Professions”
History of World Teachers Day
The first teachers day was held on 5th October 1966, the special Intergovernmental Conference was been convened in Paris, France regarding the status of Teachers to analyze the issues affecting the teachers and their profession. After a general agreement, the investigation was closed. On 12th October 1997, in UNESCO 29th General Conference session adopted after that, they published a document “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teacher’s” and signed by the members of UNESCO and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
World Teachers Day is the occasion which shows the progress and focuses on the remaining challenges for the promotion of teacher’s profession. World Teacher’s Day is merged in the partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, International Labour Organisation, and Education International.
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After the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education the dedicated target of (SDC 4.c) recognizing teachers as the key to the achievement of the education 2030 agenda.
More than 100 countries celebrate World Teacher’s Day and each of the countries has their own kind of celebration like India celebrate Teacher’s Day on 5th of September.
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UNESCO Hamdan Prize for the Teachers
UNESCO created Hamdan bin Rashid Al- Maktoum Prize in 2008 for the best outstanding practice and performance in the effectiveness of teachers. UNESCO priority is to support the learning quality and improvement in teaching and achieving all goals of education.
The Hamdan teachers prize awarded every two years which is supported by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. The amount prize is $300,000 which will be equally divided between the three winners. The winners are chosen on the basis of performance and effectiveness of teachers. Winners for Hamdan Prize are selected by the International Jury made up of five distinguished professionals. The Award will be given on 5th October that is on World Teacher’s Day 2020.
The last date of submitting applications for the 2019-2020 prize is 31st October 2019. Applications can be sent on email id at email@example.com with the subject “UNESCO Hamdan Prize application”.