"Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers"
Celebrate World Teachers' Day
The 5th of October is World Teachers’ Day, which celebrates the pivotal role of teachers in the development and education of children. Teachers serve as catalysts for growth as a child enters into greater society, building upon the nurture of a child’s family or primary caregiver. However, even though teachers have a vital responsibility in the course of human development, teachers and the teaching profession struggle to command the respect and support necessary to effectively meet the needs of their students. In many nations, teachers are challenged by difficult socioeconomic conditions, poor learning environments, diminishing resources, and low wages. Yet beyond guiding their students toward their learning goals, they increasingly have to address the negative effects of a changing society within their classrooms.
This year’s World Teachers’ Day theme is "Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers." World Teachers' Day commemorates the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers. UNESCO encourages local activities, which can be promoted on the www.worldteachersday.org map.
A World Teachers' Day Open Forum will be held on 6 October 2014 in Paris, France.
The theme of the forum is "Teaching Today: An International Overview of Professional Development and Conditions of Work." The forum will bring together teachers, researchers, experts, students, representatives from teacher training institutes, education and teacher organizations, and specialized media.
The forum aims to provide discussion between speakers and participants, and will include four parallel participative workshops:
. Teachers' living and working conditions
. Teachers' continuous professional development
. How ICT can support teacher training
. Pedagogical innovations in education.
On 7 October, a webcast will take place from 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on "Teachers for the 21st Century" and at 3-4:30 p.m. for the conclusions of the workshops and forum.
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is dedicated to the professional growth of teachers and, therefore, celebrates the importance of teachers’ contributions on World Teachers’ Day. ACEI takes a stand for teachers and joins in the call for global support of those professionals who are committed to the needs of children.