World Teachers’ Day
Held annually on 5th October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
UNESCO’s 2020 message: “With the theme: ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession,’ we recognize the critical importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching mission. We call upon governments to make teaching a profession of first choice for young people. Above all, we celebrate the work of dedicated teachers around the world who continue to strive every day to ensure that ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’ and the promotion of ‘lifelong learning opportunities for all’ become a reality in every corner of the globe.”
In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
Look after yourself
Being a teacher can be a stressful job, and it is important to look after yourself at all times. Making sure to keep on-top of your mental health is one of the key factors in minimising the amount of stress within any profession.
Make sure to talk about mental health in the classroom; discuss it with your pupils, explaining how it affects all of us, how it’s a spectrum. Why not try and utilise our Wellbeing Wednesday resources which can be found here. Being able to talk through mental health with someone else is known to help your own.
Make sure to take a break, have a coffee, sit down with your peers, connect with your pupils outside of the curriculum. All of this provides a nice get away for a while and allows the opportunity to build on pre-existing friendships with peers which is known to benefit peoples mental health.
Celebrate in the school
Many people will have different ideas on how to celebrate Teachers Day; those in an administrative role in a school are in a position to maybe set up a school wide assembly, giving the kids a chance to thank their favourite teacher and show how thankful they are. Maybe try setting up a lunchtime treat for all of the teachers, I’m sure that they all have that one meal that they’d love to have during the school day 😉
Encouraging students to take part in the celebrations will be a great time of reminiscing for them. Encourage your students to think of their favourite teacher- besides you of course- and inspire them to maybe write out a poem or a letter letting them know why they’re their favourite teacher. You yourself can also take part in this activity; think back to when you first decided you wanted to become a teacher, who was it that inspired you the most to pursue this as a career. Write them out a letter and let them know just how thankful you are to be a part of this fantastical world.
UNESCO themselves are joining in on the celebrations with a whole week full of virtual events, which includes an opening ceremony and the awarding of the 6th UNESCO Hamdan Prize for the Effectiveness of Teachers. As well as this, many of UNESCO’s partners will also feature national, regional and global virtual events throughout the week also giving celebration to educators and their achievements. All of this wrapping up on the 12th of October with a virtual closing ceremony.