World Teachers’ Day 2023: Date, background, importance, theme

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World Teachers’ Day 2023 is just around the corner. The day commemorates educators around the world and celebrates their role in shaping the future of their students. The International festival marks the anniversary of the acceptance of the 1966 ILO and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Recommendation – concerning the Status of Educators. The UNESCO recommendation assisted in establishing standards regarding the rights and duties of educators and criteria for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. According to UNESCO, the Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to supplement the 1966 Recommendation by encompassing teaching personnel in higher education institutions.

World Educators' Day 2023: Know the date, background, importance, theme, and all you need to know. (HT Photo)
World Teachers’ Day 2023: Know the date, background, importance, theme, and all you need to know. (HT Photo)

World Teachers’ Day falls on October 5. The celebrations for World Educators’ Day commenced in 1994.

The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2023 is “The Educators We Need for the Education We Desire: The Global Imperative to Reverse the Educator Shortage”. It aims to alleviate the deficiency in the number of educators and enhance their strength globally, as stated by UNESCO. It will also examine how education systems, societies, communities, and families acknowledge, value, and actively support educators.

World Teachers’ Day Background and Importance:

An educator has the exceptional opportunity to create a transformative and enduring impact on the lives of their students. They contribute to shaping sustainable futures and providing personal fulfillment. On October 5, 1994, UNESCO declared that the day would be observed as World Educators’ Day to celebrate and honor the contribution educators make in our lives.

How is World Teachers’ Day different from India’s Educators’ Day?

India celebrates its Teachers’ Day on September 5 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. However, globally, Educators’ Day is observed a month later on October 5. World Educators’ Day, or International Educators’ Day, marks the anniversary of the acceptance of the 1966 ILO and UNESCO recommendation on the status of educators. The recommendation established standards around the rights and duties of educators.

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