World Teachers’ Day or International Day of the Teacher, is celebrated on October 5th every year. This event was established in 1994 and it commemorates the signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966.
The ‘recommendation’ highlights the required standards that relate to education personnel policy, recruitment and the initial training that is received by a teacher. It also covers the continuous training that a teacher undertakes, their employment and working conditions.
The main aim of World Teachers’ Day is to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world”. It also aims to provide an opportunity to consider issues that are related to teachers and teaching.
Teachers – Who are they?
A teacher is someone who helps others in acquiring knowledge and/or values. Our first teachers are none other than our own parents. They are the ones who teach us to walk, talk and instil those initial values in us. Even before we start our formal schooling.
A teacher doesn’t necessarily have to be the person who imparts knowledge in a school. A person can have any number of teachers in the course of their life. Anybody who helps you learn something new and valuable is a teacher.
Teaching life skills
As Maggie Gallagher said, “Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.”
A teacher not only has to ensure that they have completed the entire prescribed syllabus but also has to ensure that the students have actually understood what was being taught.
It isn’t easy being a teacher. I know that because I, myself, am one. Teachers are of different ilks.
You have your parents who will always remain your first teachers in life. Then you have your preschool teachers, junior school and high school teachers. Once you reach college and then university, you have other teachers there as well.
All these teachers have made an impact on your life. They would have changed your life – for the better, or for worse.
Teaching is one of the most underpaid, overworked and under-appreciated professions in the world! How many times have you remembered your teachers? Take some time off and get in touch with those people who changed your life and made you the person you are today!