Sunday, September 23, 2018


- October 5th

World Teachers’ Day 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.
This year’s theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” has been chosen to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to trained and qualified teachers. Even today, a continuing challenge worldwide is the shortage of teachers.
There are an estimated 264 million children and youth still out of school globally. To reach the 2030 Education Goals of universal primary and secondary education, the world needs to recruit almost 69 million new teachers. This ‘teacher gap’ is more pronounced among vulnerable populations, such as girls, children with disabilities, refugee and migrant children, or poor children living in rural or remote areas.

*What can schools do to mark this annual event?*

Provide each of your staff with a custom made t-shirt which they should wear to school on that day! Dress down mode!

• Parent-Teacher Swap
Parents volunteer to take the place of teachers for the day!
Parents must be given ample notice. Teachers should simply be ‘off duty!’

• Students art work
Get students to make an art work from photos of teachers taken while managing different activities. Display each craft on bulletin boards in every classroom.

• Call in
Ask parents and students to call and wish their teachers a happy celebration.

• Pray!
Invite a religious leader to pray for & bless your teachers. You can hold a thanksgiving service!

• Involve the PTA
With the support of the PTA, host your teachers to a sumptuous lunch in school. Transform the hall or a large enough room and get prefects to escort each teacher as special guests into the hall. Red carpet glamour! Hire servers and waiters to give the staff a well deserved treat!

• Engage the teachers’ families
In secret, work with the family members of each teacher, to record videos or prepare photo slides on what the teacher’s life is outside school! Show these during the special luncheon in the hall.

• Top Up their phones
Give each teacher enough ‘credit’ for the month of October! The amount should be worth its salt! They should be able to save their own money on reoccurring phone bills to use the following month.

• Write an appreciation note. Use lovely stationery (paper & envelope)

• CPDs count!
Register and send your teachers to all-paid & RELEVANT training workshops that meet their individual needs.

• Play games
Host fun sports between male and female teachers or between teachers of other schools in the neighborhood.

• Teacher of the year
Kick start a teacher of the year contest from this day. Share your criteria and give teachers up until June ending of the following year, to try to improve on their job skills. Announce the winner in July. Recognize and reward the winner!

• Photo shoots
Invite a professional photographer to take memorable photos of your teachers (groups, person, per unit etc) and create a photo album to keep in the school. The teachers are free to dress up in costumes or preferred attires.

Think of many other creative ways to celebrate the day.

You can do all of these or pick the few that you can afford.

Lastly, just have fun

( .... credit to global teachers, awareness days, UNESCO)

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