October 5, World Teachers' Day 2013

“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), which UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI). 

Why a call for teachers?

There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. There is a huge shortage of professional, well-trained and well-supported teachers to achieve better quality education. The challenge of recruiting teachers does not lie just in the numbers, but in the provision of quality teachers. Far too often teachers remain under-qualified, poorly paid and with low status.

At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the focus of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration on 4 October will be on tackling the teacher gap, barriers to better quality education and teachers’ role in developing globally-minded citizens. Official website

Teachers take centre stage at Global Action Week for Education 2013

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Constanza Stipicic, periodista y directora de Radio Duna (Chile) Foto: © UNESCO / Carolina Jerez

Amidst celebrations commemorating World Teachers’ Day (5 October) and in the middle of the approval of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies’ pre-service teacher training project, the Chilean Forum for the Right to Education will host Global Action Week for Education, starting on October 2. More

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