World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2013 - a joint message

A Call for Teachers! Joint message from Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;
Fred van LEEUWEN, General Secretary of Education International.

Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. They inspire, challenge and empower innovative and responsible global citizens. They get children into school, keep them there and help them learn. Every day, they help to build the inclusive knowledge societies we need for tomorrow and the century ahead. On this World Teachers’ Day, we join forces to thank teachers and to call for more, better trained and supported teachers.

Nothing can replace a good teacher. Evidence shows that teachers, their professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. This requires stronger training upfront and continual professional development and support, to enhance performance and learning outcomes. We know this and yet, far too often, teachers remain under-qualified and poorly paid, with low status, and excluded from education policy matters and decisions that concern and affect them.