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01.10.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

World Teachers’ Day 2010 – UNESCO calling for stories about heroic teachers

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To celebrate World Teachers’ Day (WTD) on October 5, UNESCO is inviting the public to send in stories, photos and videos that pay homage to teachers involved in their country’s recovery from natural disaster, conflict and other crises. Selected content (sent to stories@unesco.org) will be published on the UNESCO website.

With the theme “Recovery begins with teachers”, World Teachers’ Day 2010 is a tribute to teachers’ vital role in social, economic and intellectual rebuilding.

On October 5, teachers from Haiti, Israel, Lesotho, Mali, Lao PDR, the Palestinian Territories and France will share their experiences dealing with crisis at a discussion organized at UNESCO in Paris.  A presentation of the latest statistics on the global teacher shortage and the opening of a photo exhibition on teachers who work in particularly daunting conditions are among other highlights of UNESCO’s celebration of the Day.

    “Teachers provide continuity and reassurance…. By giving hope for the future and providing structure and a sense of normalcy, they help to mitigate the effects of conflict, disaster and displacement.…. Supporting teachers in post-crisis situations is an investment in peace and development,” says the joint statement for the Day signed by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the chief executives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Education International (EI).

“Teachers are peace builders,” added Ms Bokova. “They pave the way to living together, by promoting values of respect, tolerance, mutual understanding and solidarity. This mission is more vital than ever in our increasingly connected and multicultural societies.”

World Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate teachers, but also to draw attention to their status, employment conditions and the needs of countries where teacher recruitment is not keeping pace with increases in student enrolment. According to the latest projections by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS), 9.1 million more teachers will need to be recruited over seven years (2008-2015) to meet the Education For All goal of universal primary education by 2015.

UNESCO is organizing an all-day celebration on October 5. Ms Bokova will open the photo exhibition as well as the afternoon session, chaired by Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education. In addition to teachers’ testimonies about supporting recovery from natural disasters, HIV/AIDS, conflict and violence, other presentations will cover such topics as promoting excellence in teaching, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education For All and accelerating teacher development through new technologies.

    World Teachers’ Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.

    As part of UNESCO’s ongoing support of education in emergency and post-crisis situations, the International Institute of Educational Planning (IEPP) will issue on 5 November the second edition of its Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction, aimed primarily at ministries of education. The revised edition contains five volumes and an interactive CD-Rom.

More information about Teachers' Day

UIS statistics on teachers

IEPP Guidebook

Photo gallery

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