10.10.2013 -

World Teacher’s Day: “Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all”

One of the most important aspects of any society is the younger generation: They represent the future direction that society will take. Teachers can enrich a young generation of children so that the future is a safe, secure and better place to live for every person in the society.

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving educators around the world. These celebrations recognize the important role of teachers and galvanize support for their task as educators but also as role models, helping students to become good citizens and participate fully in society. WTD is a natural extension of UNESCO's  year round work of promoting teachers, ensuring that this profession, so vital to the healthy functioning of society, is itself "healthy". WTD is an opportunity to rethink national issues facing teachers from an international perspective and to benchmark progress made by national teachers in a global context.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, UNESCO Phnom Penh this year is celebrating the Day on 14 October in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron in order to show our deep appreciation for the vital contribution that the teachers make to education and development of the Cambodian society. In just over three decades, Cambodia has grown an impressive teaching force of 86,000 which continues to grow today. Teachers are one of the main pillars of a sound and progressive society. They bear the weight and responsibility of teaching, and, apart from parents, are the main source of knowledge and values for children. Learning is not possible without professional, well-trained, well supported, accountable and valued teachers.

As part of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), UNESCO, in collaboration with NGO Education Partnership (NEP), Aide et Action, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), World Vision Cambodia, Plan International, Hagar International, Disability Action Council (DAC), Action Aid, and Krousar Yearng Association will be conducting events at the provincial level and radio talk shows for awareness raising. As Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, states: "Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all”.

There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well-trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. The education of the future generations hangs in the balance unless we can rise to the challenge of putting the best possible teacher in every classroom.

Join us in thanking and supporting the teachers we have and in recruiting new women and men, to shape more effective education systems and prepare young people and adults for active and responsible participation in society.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Jamie Lee, UNESCO Communication Officer, at hj.lee(at)unesco.org


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