- By Arakan Sein
“Teaching should be regarded as a profession; it is a form of public service that requires teachers of expert knowledge and specialized skills, required and maintained through rigorous study; it also calls for a sense of personal and corporal responsibility for the education welfare of the pupils in their charge.”
1966 UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the status of teachers
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5. More than 100 countries across the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day, established in 1994, after the signing of 1966 UNESCO/ ILO recommendation concerning the status of teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.
“Although we are in charge of four UN bodies which deal with many aspects of education, we can definitely say that, without proper training and support, we could not step into a school classroom and teach effectively.”
Excerpts from the joint statement sent to the World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, 2003, by UNESCO, ILO, UNDP and UNICEF
On this auspicious day, the heads of four UN organizations asked parents and all citizens to take a moment to think of a difference that a good teacher, a memorable teacher, has made in their life. Where would they be now if that teacher hadn’t crossed their path, if, demotivated that teacher had already left the profession?
World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world. Teachers play a very important role in shaping our lives. They are the ones who guide us and also motivate us to follow the right path. It is teachers who always support their students to do better in life. They are like a candle which melts itself to lighten the life of others.
Importance, history and significance of Teachers’ Day: celebration in India
Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year in India on September 5 to mark the birth of Dr. Radhakrishnan, who wrote, “The philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore placed the India philosophy on the world map.”
Sri Lanka (July 6, 2016)
Teachers play an important role in our life, making us become successful in career and business. A good teacher helps us become good human beings in society and good citizens of the country. Teachers know that students are the future of any nation. They impart the data and information in the brains of students to analyze.
September 10 is a holiday for World Teachers’ Day. This holiday has existed in China as early as the Middle Ages. Teachers and coaches have always been honoured and respected in China.
The Department of Education honors teachers across the country with month-long commemoration starting from September 5 to October 5. Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stated the following: We extent our heartfelt gratitude to our dearest teachers who treat learners as their own children, who devote themselves to lifelong mission of combating illiteracy, and who work above and beyond the call of duty. All regional offices, school division offices, and public and private schools across the country are enjoined to follow synchronized activities including information dissemination, resource mobilization, posting of streamers and announcements, and conduct of specific activities and other undertakings that shall highlight and honor teachers’ contributions to the society.
On the other hand, teachers take an oath of allegiance for the welfare of students: to respect and defend against anyone the uniqueness of each child; to stand by for his or her physical and mental integrity; to take awareness of his or her emotions; to listen to him or her; to challenge and promote their gifts and potentials and to protect them where they are weak and to support them where it is needed; to prepare them to take over responsibility within and for the community; to let them learn the world; to give them a vision of a better world and the confidence that it might be achievable.
World Teachers’ Day in Myanmar
To implement all education projects successfully and effectively, the Minister for Education has urged all educators to teach in freedom and empower teachers, according to the theme of World Teachers’ Day 2017.
In passing, I would like to add something of our uniqueness that Myanmar society considers teachers as one of five gems (others being Buddha, dhamma, sangha and parents). In accordance with this noble tradition, I hope we will celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 5 October along with other countries across the world.