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World Teachers' Day

5 October

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/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. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, WTD has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.

World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and Education International.

Joint message from UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, UNDP and Education International

"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. We also invite  teacher  unions,  private  sector  employers,  school  principals,  parent-teacher associations,  school  management  committees,  education  officials  and  teacher  trainers  to  share  their  wisdom  and  experiences  in  promoting  the  emergence  of  a  vibrant teaching force. 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."

Joint Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP and David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International, on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day “Young Teachers: the Future of the Profession”, 5 October 2019.

World Teachers' Day celebrations in 2019

In 2019, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

The official event will take place on Monday, 7 October at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in collaboration with the convening partners, including UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization and Education International and will be celebrated globally with various events.