Monday, October 5 is World Teachers’ Day. A celebration that takes place this year in a particular context where the teaching profession is undergoing profound changes, imposed by the global health situation.
Celebrated on October 05 of each year since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the signing of the 1966 ILO / UNESCO Recommendation, a text determining, in particular, the benchmarks relating to the rights and responsibilities of teachers, as well as the standards-setting their training, employment, and learning conditions.
This year, the 2020 edition is organized around the theme “Teachers: leaders in times of crisis and shapers of the future”, a slogan that emphasizes the leadership of teachers which, according to the United Nations for education, science and culture (UNESCO), “is essential to respond to the specific context following the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Among the new challenges, is distance education which has shifted the way of practicing and teaching. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the challenges facing often already saturated education systems around the world. But through their commitment, teachers have helped ensure distance learning and reopen schools with the noble purpose of reducing learning gaps.
On its electronic portal, UNESCO specifies that given the current situation, the celebrations for World Teachers’ Day are taking place online. Thus, in addition to the opening and award ceremonies of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize, which will take place on October 05, and the closing ceremony, which will take place on October 12, a series of national, regional and global events will be organized all week long.