Under the theme ‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’, this year’s World Teachers’ Day also marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/ United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
It is also the first World Teachers’ Day to be celebrated within the new Global Education 2030 Agenda adopted by the world community one year ago.
At the dawn of freedom and democracy in 1994, UNESCO proclaimed 5 October World Teachers’ Day, celebrating the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966, when UNESCO, in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted the recommendation setting forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, as well as international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.
Since its adoption, the recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education.
“Teachers are an important backbone of our education system and are therefore the architects of the economic prosperity that we so desire.
“On this special World Teachers’ Day, and on behalf of government, we wish all our teachers a happy productive World Teachers Day. May they continue to educate and grow our nation,” said President Zuma.