Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status

This year World Teachers’ Day marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is also the first world Teachers’ Day (WTD) to be celebrated within the new Global Education 2030 Agenda adopted by the world community one year ago.

This year’s theme, “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”, embodies the fundamental principles of the fifty-year-old Recommendation while shining a light on the need to support teachers as reflected in the agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A specific education goal, SDG4, pledges to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Teachers are not only pivotal to the right to education they are key to achieving the targets set out in SDG4.

The roadmap for the new agenda, the Education 2030 Framework for Action, highlights the fact that teachers are fundamental for equitable and quality education and, as such, must be “adequately trained, recruited and remunerated, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems”.

However, in order to achieve this goal, it is necessary not only to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers but to motivate them by valuing their work. By 2030, 3.2 million more teachers will be required to achieve universal primary education and 5.1 million more in order to achieve universal lower secondary education.

UNESCO with the WTD convening agencies (ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, and EI) and the International Task Force on Teachers, dedicates this day to celebrating a unique intergovernmental commitment – the only international standard-setting instrument on teachers – and reaffirms its commitment to the value of the profession.

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World Teachers’ Day poster exhibition

A poster exhibition celebrating progress made towards improving the status of teachers forms part of UNESCO celebrations of World Teachers’ Day.

The exhibition, which runs from 3 to 6 October at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (Salle des Actes), is themed around the fact that this year is the 50th anniversary of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of Teachers.

It will feature teachers’ portraits from five continents all illustrating themes from the Recommendation including career development, gender equality and training as well as presenting UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust project’s work in information and communication technologies in an interactive classroom.