October 5th is World Teacher’s Day. A day where we celebrate the sacrifice, patience and work that it takes to be an educator. The responsibility that comes with shaping minds is immense yet, the profession gets overlooked, and teachers don’t get their kudos for being the superheroes that they are. World Teacher’s Day aims to celebrate these real-life heroes who work tirelessly, and most of the time for little remuneration, to shape young minds.

Why is World Teachers Day on October 5th? 

World Teacher’s Day has been held annually on October 5th since 1994. The day sets to commemorate the anniversary of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. According to UNESCO, the recommendation set the standards for the rights and responsibilities of teachers, education, recruitment as well as teaching, and learning conditions.

What is the importance of World Teachers Day? 

Apart from the historical significance of the UNESCO Recommendation for Teachers (as mentioned above), the day is crucial to celebrate educators and the hard work their selfless sacrifice. It’s also important to raise awareness about the various issues that teachers face and to find solutions.

What is the theme for World Teachers Day 2020? 

This year’s theme; “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” is apt because of the global health pandemic. The pandemic challenged everyone to reimagine a new way of life; teaching and learning had to take place remotely, and teachers had to utilise new strategies to bridge the remote learning gap. Reopening schools also required a huge sacrifice and a lot of hard work from the teachers.

How do you celebrate Teacher’s Day in lockdown? 

Here are ways to celebrate Teacher’s Day during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Send your favourite teacher or a teacher in your life some flowers
  • Get the teacher in your life a digital gift card
  • Post a sweet Teacher’s Day Message on social media for your friends who are educators

The education system continues to deal with the negative impact of COVID-19. And this year’s Teacher’s Day aims to give kudos to teachers who have made sure not to leave anyone behind; providing remote learning, reopening schools and mitigating learning gaps. Happy Teachers Day to all teachers who wake up every day and give their best to their learners, even in the face of adversity.