For teachers globally, the 5th of October holds a special place like no other day.
It is a day set aside to celebrate the teacher. It is World’s Teachers’ Day (also known as International Teachers’ Day) and it was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 after the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers to recognise the role of teachers in society and their commitment to children, students and learning. On this day, global attention is devoted to appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world.
It cannot be overemphasised the worth and value of teachers especially in the formative periods of the development of children. By simple definition, a teacher (in the academic context) is one who helps others acquire knowledge, competencies or values. They play such a pivotal and significant role in every sphere of human endeavour. Without their diligence in carrying out their teaching duties, there cannot be any recorded success in any career, business or enterprise.
Good teachers help us become good citizens, better individuals and creative persons. Knowing that their students are the future of the nation, teachers impart their knowledge, data and information on those under their tutelage while challenging them to further broaden the horizons of knowledge. In the course of doing their duties, teachers become, for many students, a trusted source of advice and counsel to those students who are weighing very important life decisions. There are instances where the guidance of teachers helped their students pursue higher education, explored one career or the other and even entered and triumphed in competitions that they otherwise would never have considered on their own.
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A day like the World Teachers’ Day is important for several reasons. It reminds us to appreciate the weighty significance of a teacher in the grand scheme of things because we sometimes forget. Also, it helps to mobilise support for teachers and to meet their own needs in a way that ensures that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. Happy Teachers’ day to all teachers worldwide.