October 5th: World Teacher’s Day

‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future’ – UNESCO’s motto for World Teacher’s Day 2020

Today we celebrate World Teacher’s Day, which is meant to appreciate and empower educators and their achievements all around the world. Founded in 1994, the day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers. Ever since, the 5th of October reminds the world to create a better understanding of the teacher’s role in the development of pupils, students and society. The joint statement from Audrey Azoulay (Director-General of UNESCO), Guy Ryder (Director-General, International Labour Organization), Henrietta H. Fore (Executive Director, UNICEF) David Edwards (General Secretary, Education International) on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2020 recognises, appreciates and values the efforts of teaching in times of COVID-19 – showing us that, no matter what, #TeachingNeverStops:

In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.

Happy World Teacher’s Day, thank you for your impact and keep up the good work!

The editors