World Teachers' Day

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World Teachers' Day
Ataturk teaching the children of Turkey the Latin alphabet, a statue in Istanbul.
Observed by Тeachers’ organizations worldwide
Date October 5
Next time 5 October 2016 (2016-10-05)
Frequency annual
Related to Teachers' Day
See also: Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers' Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.

Over 100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

In Western Australia, the 5th of October always falls during school holidays and so the day is celebrated on or around the 31st of October, which is safely into the fourth term. In 2015, World Teachers' Day was celebrated in Queensland, Australia on Friday the 30th of October. As in Western Australia, the 5th of October falls during school holidays.

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