01.10.2013 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO celebrates World Teachers’ Day

The need to recruit more teachers will be highlighted during the celebration of World Teachers’ Day at UNESCO Headquarters on 4 October. “A call for teachers!” has been chosen as the slogan for this year’s celebration.

The event will be open by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Princess Firyal of Jordan; Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tang; and Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International. Representatives of partner organizations*, teachers, representatives of professional organizations, experts and researchers will also take part in the celebration.

The programme will start with “A call for teachers” (10.30a.m. to 11.15a.m.), which will focus on the recruitment challenge facing the profession. A roundtable debate about teachers and global citizenship will follow (11.30 to 12.45). The afternoon will feature the launch of Education International’s Global Year of Action (3 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.) and a Global Teachers’ Forum (4.15p.m. to 5.15p.m.) where participants will examine the main obstacles that stand in the way of quality education.

UNESCO proclaimed 5 October as World Teachers’ Day in 1994.


* The International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Education International (EI).

Media contact: Agnès Bardon, a.bardon(at)unesco.org +33 (0)1 45 68 17 64

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