Once again the parents from our Parents’ Support Group (PSG) arranged a small ceremony and small tokens of appreciation for our teachers at SVP. We were delighted with some lovely singing, a delicious cake, and some small presents or a chocolate snack, several lovely door prizes of a massage voucher and a individualized PSG World Teachers’ Day coffee mug.
World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.
Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers’ Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.
Over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.
Why a day for teachers?
World Teachers’ Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.
World Teachers’ Day 2015 calls for the empowerment of teachers to build sustainable societies. World Teachers’ Day is a natural extension of UNESCO’s all year round work of promoting teachers, ensuring that this profession, so vital to the healthy functioning of society, is itself “healthy”.
At SVP we not only ensure that our teachers are well qualified, well trained and happy but we also try to foster leadership and training skills, such as leading workshops for the IB, running sessions for ANPS, and other teacher training conferences, as well as encouraging local schools to send their teachers to our school in order that they other teachers can learn from our knowledge and skills.