Calls for greater appreciation of teachers on World Teachers' Day - 5 OctoberThe heads of UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have issued a joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October (see below). Special events will be held around the world to mark the Day, which was created by UNESCO in 1994.
France’s National Commission for UNESCO is organizing a roundtable debate: “New Competencies for Teachers”, moderated by Jean Favier, President of the National Comission. It will take place on 5 October – from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. - at the Dussane Room of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, Paris 5.
Georges Haddad, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Higher Education will be among the seven participants expected to take part in the event. Other notable speakers will include Monique Fouilhoux of the international trade union organization Education International, and Suzy Halimi, University Professor and President of the Education Commission of France’s National Commission for UNESCO.
Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact Jean-Pierre Regnier of France’s National Commission for UNESCO: +33 (0)1 53 69 37 82. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint message on the occasion of World Teacher’s Day, 5 October 2004
“On World Teachers’ Day, and on any other day for that matter, the basic message that a teacher needs to receive is quite simple. “We appreciate you”. That message cannot be repeated often enough, by those of us in the United Nations family and by those who interact with you every day.
“We highly appreciate you having chosen this profession, one so fundamental to society, and the fact that you continue in it, despite – and often because of – the challenges you face. We value the initiatives you take in opening doors of knowledge and tolerance for each girl and boy. We are aware of what your profession demands of you, of your responsibilities and of your rights. We acknowledge the difficulty of your task, and the fact that it takes professional training and a decent work environment to teach well. We appreciate the care you take to direct your knowledge at children with special needs, and your awareness that all students have individual needs. We value your ability, developed through training and experience, to listen to your students and to shift the responsibility of being a learner from your shoulders to theirs.
“In sum, we appreciate you, and we call upon parents, community leaders, business people, trade unions and government officials, especially educational authorities, to find a way, this World Teachers’ Day, to tell you just that, in their own words and in their own way.”
The message is signed by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO; Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO; Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of UNDP; and Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF.
For more information on World teachers Day 2005 go to: http://www.unesco.org/education