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World Teachers' Day 2008

Thank you to our World Teachers 

Teachers are recognised on Friday 31st October as World Teachers every Day as South Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day for 2008.

On this day, preschool, primary and secondary teachers will be recognised for the valuable work they do every day in connecting children and students through what and how they teach; to places and people around the world and in helping learners to better understand global issues.

World Teachers’ Day provides an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation of the tremendous work of more than 36,000 registered teachers in South Australia.

Teachers are World Teachers every Day; opening the world to in excess of 258,000 South Australian children and students in so many different ways as they bring the world into their learning environments. They help children and students to achieve a better understanding of the global society in which we live and our roles as local and global citizens. Teachers make a world of difference.

This year World Teachers’ Day particularly focuses on the many and varied ways in which teachers make connections to the world through their teaching.

If you would like to share your own World Teacher every Day story you can contact us via email at:

What is the significance of World Teachers’ Day?

On 5 October 1994, World Teachers’ Day was inaugurated by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. In adopting this Recommendation, governments unanimously recognised the importance for every society of having competent, qualified and motivated 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.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in over 100 countries on the first Friday in October however, as Australian school holidays are usually at this time, we in Australia celebrate the day nationally on the last Friday of October each year.

“On World Teachers’ Day we celebrate teachers across the world, in all countries, towns and villages. We assert the need to ensure that the role of teachers in achieving quality Education for All is clearly articulated and reflected in policies which will foster a motivated, valued and effective teaching force. On this World Teachers’ Day we thank the teachers and affirm that yes, TEACHERS MATTER.”

View the complete UN joint message

Show the world how you celebrate and thank teachers on World Teachers’ Day

Put Your Photographs Online

Show the world how we celebrate World Teachers’ Day in South Australia!

Take photographs of the celebratory activities in your preschool or school on 31 October and upload them to Education International’s Flickr photostream.

Education International, based in Brussels, is the world’s biggest global union federation and represents almost 30 million teachers and education workers. Its member organisations operate in 171 countries, from pre-school to university. In many of those countries, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October and already photos of this and previous years’ celebrations are available on their website. Education International has agreed to keep the upload facility open well into November so you can send photos from SA. Go to Education International’s website to find the on-line upload form and share your photos with the world in celebration of World Teachers’ Day 2008.