Students, parents, and advocates around the globe will pay tribute to teachers. World Teachers’ Day (WTD) is celebrated today, October 5, 2010, with the theme “Recovery Begins with Teachers.” This year’s activities focus on teachers who have been directly or indirectly affected by major global events over the past year, such as natural disasters, or the global economic crunch that has devastated even the more developed economies.
The first WTD was celebrated in 1994 to commemorate the October 5, 1966, signing of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-International Labor Organization (ILO) recommendations on the Status of Teachers. UNESCO encourages students and concerned government and private organizations to embark on activities that will show appreciation for the contributions of teachers in education and national development.
Education International, representing nearly 30 million teachers and other education workers through 401 member organizations in 172 countries and territories, advocates the global implementation of the recommendations and principles advanced in 1966 and 1997 to uplift the status of teachers.
In the Philippines, the Third Teachers’ Month Campaign (TMC) with the theme “My Teacher, My Hero” was launched during the September 3, 2010, awarding ceremonies in the Search for Outstanding Teachers. It will culminate with the WTD celebration, to be signalled by the sounding of school bells in all schools nationwide, followed by the recitation of a prayer for teachers.
UC Nursing CESDEV gratefully thanks all teachers who helped shape and challenge the minds of the young, and guide and train them for lifelong learning, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and intellectual development of our nation.