World Teachers’ Day: More than a pat on the back

WTDOn October 5, UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrates World Teachers’ Day. While many will mark the day by thanking a teacher, there is much more to this internationally recognized day than the well-deserved appreciation of our teachers.

The tagline for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is Invest in the future, invest in teachers, and it points to another goal for the day—shining a light on the global responsibility of improving educators and education around the world. It is a complex task as the context and needs of each country, province, state, city or village are so diverse.

World Teachers’ Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world. UNESCO 2014

Learning is no longer limited to the school building or the school day. We are all learners! All the time. That makes all of us teachers as well, including children. Learning is becoming a partnership between teachers, students, parents and the wider community. World Teachers’ Day provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and discuss the impact teachers have on the well-being and achievement of our children.

Teachers set the conditions for success for each of our children. On October 5, don’t just thank a teacher, engage one in a conversation about the issues they face and the task at hand—helping our children to love learning. Take the opportunity to invest in teaching, and the future.

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And Mrs. Pecyna if you’re out there… Thanks.