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World Teachers Day

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the
signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated
its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference
framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.
This year, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO
Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at
institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like
teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession
requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.
World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering
Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals
(SGDs) (link is external) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority
in all education and development strategies. World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually worldwide and
brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, teachers and
experts in the field of teaching.
With the adoption of SDG 4 on education, and the dedicated target 4.c recognizing teachers as key to the
achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda, it has become the occasion to mark achievements and reflect
on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession, like the acute
shortage of teachers. Indeed, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million
teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
Therefore, in commemoration of the 20 the anniversary of the 1997 Recommendation concerning Higher
Education Teaching Personnel,World Teachers’ Day 2017 will bring together all teachers, trainers, polic
makers, as well as researchers and other education stakeholders to celebrate teaching, academic
freedom,and what we need to do to ensure quality higher education and a sustainable future for the
teaching profession.
The Objective of teh 2017 World teachers Day events are:
To celebrate and highlight the contribution of teachers, from pre-primary through to higher education, to
the education and development of our future citizens.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Recommendation concerning Higher-Education Teaching
Personnel.
To discuss the issue of quality in higher education teaching and what this means for quality teaching at all
levels of education in light of achieving SDG 4 on inclusive and quality education for all.
To showcase and discuss progress and persistent challenges in higher education such as institutional
autonomy, academic freedom, and professional development of higher-education teaching personnel.
iIn responding to these objectives, the Dept of Teacher Education NYIT and UNESCO Center fro Global
Education will hold a Discussion Shared Forum with the academia, students, Civil Society and teachers
with respect to the theme and teachers in community schools.

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