The date of World Teachers' commemorates the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. Signed on October 5, 1966 the recommendation established the international standards for teachers’ rights and responsibilities.
A Quality Education is the Foundation to Build a Life Upon
Teachers are a powerful influence in keeping children in school, and they help shape the quality of a child’s education. Teachers impart knowledge and teach students of all ages how to tackle problems, work together, process information, think critically and make informed decisions.
In today’s rapidly changing, interconnected and interdependent world, teachers shape the lives that shape the world.
Teachers lay the foundation that students will build upon to derive pleasure in life, provide for their families and imagine new possibilities. They teach their students to question and challenge and to envision new ways of doing business. Quality teachers contribute to the invention of new products and solutions for old and persistent problems: disease, hunger, poverty, and inequality.
Teachers and Sustainable Development
Quality teachers help drive sustainable development and their recruitment, training, retention, working conditions and status are key to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty plan the world community has ever adopted.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015. It is comprised of 17 goals and 169 targets aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 aims to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all."
Goal 4, the Quality Education Goal, has 10 targets addressing multiple aspects of education and worldwide literacy. Seven of the targets are desired outcomes, and three of the targets are ways to achieve the outcomes. Increasing the number of qualified teachers is one of the keys to achieving the desired outcomes, and is arguably, essential for the success of the entire agenda.
"There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well-trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers."