World Teachers’ Day 2021

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World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 5th each year. After the upheaval of the last year and a half, celebrating the hard work that teachers do to educate children even through the toughest of circumstances takes on a special significance in 2021.

World Teachers’ Day presents us with the perfect opportunity to thank teachers for all the hard work they do and the inspiration they create.

To mark the occasion, Business Optimizer shares some facts about World Teachers’ Day.

  • World Teachers’ Day is celebrated each year on October 5.
  • The day was inaugurated by UNESCO in 1994.
  • As well as offering an opportunity to show appreciation of the work that teachers do, the day also celebrates the signing of the joint UNESCO/ International Labour Organisation (ILO) Recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
  • The recommendation outlines standards regarding education personnel policy, recruitment and initial training as well as the continuing education of teachers, their employment and working conditions.
  • To mark the occasion, UNESCO runs a media campaign in conjunction with Education International (EI) each year to promote the role that teachers play in the development of students and society.
  • Each year, World Teachers’ Day has a different theme.
  • The 2021 theme of World Teachers’ Day is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”.
  • In a joint statement to mark the day in 2020, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International said: “In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.”
  • To find resources to engage with school children about World Teachers’ Day, check out the Twinkl educational resources website:
  • To find out more about this year’s theme and events, view the UNESCO website here: