About Teacher T-Shirts | World Teachers’ Day 2020
Monday 5th October 2020 marks the annual, international celebration of World Teachers’ Day. The day was instituted by UNESCO in 1966 to mark the adoption of guidelines titled ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
The ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers guides nations on the:
“the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.” (UNESCO, 2019).
The 1966 document was followed in 1997 by the adoption of The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. This document includes:
- guidelines on the provision of higher education for teachers.
- recognition of the role of higher education teaching personnel in the advancement of higher education,.
- recognizes the role of higher education teaching personnel towards the development of humanity and modern societies.
- recognizes the role of higher education in advancing social and economic changes.
- recognizes the role of higher education teaching personnel in leading social and economic change.
I mean, look, teachers don’t do their job for the money, obviously, because we pay them ridiculously little amounts for what they put in. Most of them come out of their own pocket for materials and things to help the children and all that (Phil McGraw).
Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students (Charles Kuralt).Brainyquote, 2020
Theme of World Teachers Day 2020
World Teachers’ Day 2020 will be celebrated under the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day is designed to celebrate teachers around the globe, recognize their accomplishments, and to highlight issues that affect them.
UNESCO/ILO Joint Statement To Mark World Teachers Day 2020 under the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”
“Every year, World Teachers’ Day reminds us of the critical role teachers play in achieving inclusive, quality education for all. This year’s World Teachers’ Day has an even greater significance in light of the challenges that teachers have faced during the COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic has shown, they make a crucial contribution to ensuring continuity of learning and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students.
Because of COVID-19, nearly 1.6 billion learners – more than 90% of the world’s total enrolled student population – have been affected by school closures. The COVID-19 crisis has also affected over 63 million teachers, highlighted persistent weaknesses in many education systems and exacerbated inequalities, with devastating consequences for the most marginalized.
In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.
We now need to think beyond COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience in our education systems, so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other such crises. This means protecting education financing, investing in high-quality initial teacher education, as well as continuing the professional development of the existing teacher workforce.
Without urgent action and increased investment, a learning crisis could turn into a learning catastrophe. Even before COVID-19, more than half of all ten-year-olds in low- to middle-income countries could not understand a simple written story.
To build a more resilient teacher workforce in times of crisis, all teachers should be equipped with digital and pedagogical skills to teach remotely, online, and through blended or hybrid learning, whether in high-, low- or no-tech environments. Governments should ensure the availability of digital infrastructure and connectivity everywhere, including in rural and remote areas.
In the context of COVID-19, governments, social partners and other key actors have an even greater responsibility regarding teachers. We call on governments to protect teachers’ safety, health, and wellbeing, as well as their employment, to continue improving teachers’ working conditions, and to involve teachers and their representative organizations in the COVID-19 educational response and recovery.
Today, we collectively celebrate teachers for their continued commitment to their students and for contributing to the achievement of the 2030 targets under Sustainable Development Goal 4. We commend educators for the central role they have played, and continue to play, in responding to and recovering from this pandemic.
Some of my high school teachers did remind me that I had an excellent imagination when it came to making up excuses (David E. Kelley).
We recommend for the training of teachers not only a considerable artistic education in general but special attention to the art of reading (Maria Montessori).
Source: Brainyquote, 2020