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World Teachers’ Day 2014 - “Invest in the future, invest in teachers!”

World Teachers' Day PosterWorld Teachers’ Day is celebrated in Australia and New Zealand on Friday 31 October 2014. 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.


For UNESCO, "Invest in the future, invest in teachers!" is the slogan for World Teachers’ Day. They write, “Teachers are an investment for the future of countries. What today’s children will face in adult life cannot be predicted and so the teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.”


For more information and to view the activities being undertaken around the world, visit UNESCO’s website, listed below.


The Teachers Registration Board links with the UNESCO aims, in that we recognise the need for high quality initial teacher education programmes and ongoing professional learning. The Board consults and collaborates with higher education providers in South Australia so that programs ensure graduating teachers have the professional knowledge and skills to enter the teaching profession where their developing expertise can be recognised and encouraged. Teachers’ own professional learning is now recognised as an important part of ongoing teacher registration requirements.


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 has created an advertisement to celebrate this event. It will be published in the Adelaide Advertiser on Friday October 31st 2014.


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