With the circumstances brought on by the pandemic this year, teachers are working harder than ever. Many have had to transition to virtual learning and completely rework their education plans. Others are putting themselves at risk everyday to make sure children get the best care possible. That’s why, this year, it’s especially important to celebrate and support teachers on World Teacher’s Day. World Teachers’ Day is a great opportunity to thank teachers for all they do for us today and everyday. For more information on this special day along with ideas to celebrate, keep reading. 

What is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day started in 1994 as a day to celebrate the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.This recommendation ‘sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.’ (source: unesco.org) 

This day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress and remaining challenges for teachers around the world. It is also a time to show your appreciation for educators in your life and reflect on how you can lead and inspire your own students everyday. 

To learn more about World Teachers’ Day, click here. 

When Is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5. This year, October 5 falls on the first Monday in October. 

What is the theme of World Teachers’ Day 2020?

The 2020 theme of World Teachers’ Day is: “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. 

This day allows people all over the world to celebrate the teaching profession and reflect on the impact they’ve made on society. With the COVID-19 pandemic adding significant stress and uncertainty, teachers have faced even more difficulties in the education system. Teachers have gone above and beyond to provide support and quality education through remote learning and in-person schooling. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize all that teachers have done and advocate to improve education systems. 

How Can I Celebrate World Teachers’ Day?

1. Have students make them a special craft.

Ask students to make their teacher a drawing, write them a thank you note, explain why they appreciate them, or share a favorite memory. The kids can have fun creating new arts and crafts and the teachers will have something sentimental to hold on to. For ideas on teacher appreciation crafts for kids, click here. 

2. Ask parents to pitch in.

To express gratitude for all teachers do for their children, parents may be willing to help pitch in and do something special. This could be providing gift cards, a special treat, or organizing a luncheon or breakfast. You can even stand in the doorway the morning of World Teachers’ Day and personally greet each of your teachers and thank them for their dedication. Even a simple thank-you note letting teachers know how much parents appreciate their hard work can be enough. 

3. Highlight teacher’s accomplishments.

If you’re an owner or leadership member of an early education or childcare center, or school, there are some simple ways you can make teachers feel appreciated. Try presenting certificates of appreciation to teachers, substitutes and any support staff. Recognizing one of your teacher’s hard work among their peers can go a long way.  You can also highlight different teachers on a bulletin board or newsletter throughout the week or month for various accomplishments, efforts, and good deeds. 

4. Attend UNESCO’s virtual events. 

UNESCO is hosting virtual events for World Teachers’ Day 2020 from October 5-12. These consist of webinars and meetings focusing on leadership and education. For the full agenda and to register for events, click here. 

What are some ways you’re celebrating teachers this year?


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Marissa Schneggenburger

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