Hurray! It is World Teachers Day. Have you ever wondered where we would be as individuals, if it were not for our teachers? Whether our own experiences were good or bad, certain teachers will never be forgotten for the influences they have had on our lives.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognised the importance of these world changers in societies and and has, since October 5, 1994, held World Teachers’ Day each year on the same date.
According to UNESCO, the real point of World Teachers’ Day is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.
This special occasion commemorates the essential role of teaching and serves to mobilise support for those in this profession, ensuring that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by qualified teachers — of which there is a dire shortage of in many parts of the world.
With the theme “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status,” this year’s celebration coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
Thus, UNESCO with the WTD convening agencies (ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, and EI) and the International Task Force on Teachers, dedicates this day to celebrating a unique intergovernmental commitment – the only international standard-setting instrument on teachers – and reaffirms its commitment to the value of the profession.
To commemorate this year’s World Teachers day, the Oyo state government declared today work free day for all teachers.
In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, the government congratulated teachers in the state and consequently affirmed that their role in nation building cannot be overemphasized. And urged them not to relent in their calling to reposition the education.
As we honour every teacher on this special day for choosing the challenging profession that helps many individuals in shaping their career, tell us your favourite teacher and what you will never forget he/her for.