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World Teachers' Day - 2013

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in Australia on Friday 25 October 2013. Recognised in more than 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day was introduced in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to celebrate the significance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers as instrumental in shaping the futures of children, students and young people. The Teachers Registration Board of South Australia is calling on the community to reflect upon the role of their own teachers in their lives.

For UNESCO, "A Call for Teachers" is the slogan for World Teachers' day. This year's celebrations will focus on UNESCO's work on quality teachers for global citizenship and cultural diversity. Teachers develop learners' abilities to build a sustainable future with citizens who are able to take action in their own communities and contribute to global challenges. For more information on these activities and to view the activities being undertaken around the world, visit UNESCO’s website, listed below.

The Teachers Registration Board has adopted a theme of ‘Teachers - Changing lives, life changing’, which links well with the UNESCO aims, in that it recognises the transformative nature of teaching, both for learners and teachers.

World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution of the over 37,000 registered teachers in South Australia, in transforming the lives of children and young people by inspiring and nurturing their inherent capabilities to live fulfilling, productive and responsible lives.

The Board have created an advertisement to celebrate this event. It will be published in the Adelaide Advertiser on Friday October 25th 2013.

Education and care settings are encouraged to organise local events celebrating the work of teachers.

Some ideas to celebrate World Teachers’ Day are:

  • Celebrate your teachers in your school newsletter
  • Tell one of your favourite teachers something that you like/appreciate about them
  • Place World Teachers’ Day posters around your site
  • Arrange a morning tea to celebrate with your teachers

Further information about World Teachers’ Day is available from the following sites:

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  

Education International

United Nations Development Programme