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World Teachers Day


Internationally World Teachers Day is celebrated on 5 October each year. However, as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO ‘Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers’, which sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.

2020 celebrations

World Teachers Day will celebrate teachers with the theme ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future’.

The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world.

30 October in Australia

In Australia, World Teachers Day in 2020 will be celebrated on Friday 30 October.

In some sites, the day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession. A template for a certificate of appreciation can be downloaded here .