The World Teachers’ Day 2020 will be celebrated with a week-long series of virtual events


The World Teachers’ Day 2020 will be celebrated with a week-long series of virtual events

Every year on 5 October since 1994, UNESCO celebrates the World Teachers’ Day (WTD) to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers and the 1997 Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. These normative standard-setting instruments set benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and working conditions.

This year the WTD will be celebrated virtually with the theme, “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future.”

The celebration will begin on 5 October 2020 with the official Opening Ceremony followed by the Award Ceremony of the 6th Edition of the UNESCO Hamdan Prize for the Effectiveness of Teachers. Events are planned throughout the week around the world. The official closing ceremony takes place on 12 October with a joint World Teachers’ Day and Mobile Learning Week session. The event will focus on the innovative use of technology for teacher professional development and mentoring during the time of COVID-19.

More information about other WTD events can be found here.

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 4 on Education, recognizes teachers (Target 4.c) as key to the achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda.

The WTD provides an annual occasion to take stock of achievements and raise awareness around challenges facing teachers and the role of teachers in the achievement of the global education targets.

Day of the Teachers and Mentors in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, the World Teachers' Day is preceded by national holiday - the Day of the Teachers and Mentors, which has been celebrated on 1 October annually since 1997. The Government of Uzbekistan pays particular attention in transforming the education provision for quality of learning and relevant skills development, in empowering teachers as well as in making teaching profession as one of the most prestigious and respected profession in the country.

In September 2020, the Government of Uzbekistan adopted the revised version of the «Law on Education». This version of the Law emphasizes for the first time the leveraging all forms and types of education provision, namely family-based education, non-formal and informal learning, adult education and learning as well as inclusiveness of education provision in order to ensure quality of lifelong learning for all.