“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013, Saturday, October 5, 2013, which UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI). The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is stressing the role of teachers as “pillars of democracy” this World Teachers’ Day. The Avon Maitland District School Board also salutes its teachers on this special day for their dedication to students as they engage, inspire and innovate … always learning.
Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all. Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers.
Why a call for teachers?
Because 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.
October 5th, World Teachers’ Day, is the annual celebration of the valuable work of teachers in Canada and around the globe. World Teachers’ Day was the brainchild of a former Canadian teacher leader, Norman Goble, a former CTF Secretary General who passed away on Aug. 10. First recognized in 1994, World Teachers’ Day now profiles the work of over 30 million educators around the world. For the second year in a row, EI and UNESCO have chosen the CTF’s poster design, which uses concentric circles to illustrate the long-reaching influences of teachers.