World Teachers' Day 2010

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World Teachers' Day 2010

BRUSSELS, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    - Recovery Begins With Teachers!

    On 5 October, millions of teachers and education workers will be joined

by children, young people and parents across the globe to celebrate World

Teachers' Day. They will pay tribute to the teaching profession and its

unique role in promoting recovery from crises.

    From the global economic crisis which destabilised many developed

economies in the last year, to humanitarian disasters, such as the earthquake

in Haiti and floods in Pakistan, the role of teachers has been vital to the

social, economic and intellectual rebuilding of communities in which we all

live and work.

    As the global union representing 30 million education workers around the

world, Education International (EI) is proud to acknowledge the profound

contribution of all teachers from pre-school to university.

    EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, said: "Being a teacher means

belonging to the most valuable profession. Wherever communities face

hardship, teachers are immediately present on the frontline to help promote

recovery. Sadly, in many countries, being a teacher also means being paid an

unfair wage, being treated unfairly or harassed, and in some cases, living in

danger of losing your life.

    "Despite these challenges, teachers continue giving to society by

teaching and improving the life chances of millions of learners. As UNESCO

confirms: 'Without teachers input to shape education reforms, recovery

processes are not likely to achieve all their goals.'

    "At a time when the world faces an unprecedented shortage of qualified

teachers, when 10 million more teachers must be recruited and trained to

achieve internationally agreed goals of quality education for every child,

marking World Teachers' Day is a small step to pay homage to millions of

extraordinary heroes in our global community."

    EI has co-signed an official statement with the ILO, UNDP, UNESCO and

UNICEF, and will join an official event in Paris, on 5 October, with teachers

from Haiti, Lesotho, Mali, Laos, France and Israel to give evidence about the

role of teachers in recovery of their society.

    Since 1994, when World Teachers' Day began, EI members have organised

activities for teachers. In Uganda, the government has also declared 5

October a public holiday. You can send an e-greeting card or tweet a message

with the tag #wtd2010 to your favourite teacher, or download this year's

poster at the website:

    SOURCE: Education International

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