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How you can support World Teacher’s Day

This October, it’s time to celebrate the contribution that teachers make to our schools and communities on World Teacher’s Day. This is a day to acknowledge the challenges that teachers today face globally, as well as the effect that these challenges have on their students. Let’s take a look at what World Teacher’s Day is about and how you can donate to support it.

When is World Teacher’s Day?

World Teacher’s Day 2022 will be held on Wednesday 5th October.

What is World Teacher’s Day about?

In 1994, UNESCO decided the 5th of October would be World Teacher’s Day, aiming to celebrate the advance in teachers’ rights made in recent decades.

On this day in 1966, an intergovernmental conference in Paris adopted the UNESCO/ILO (International Labour Organisation) Recommendation about the Status of Teachers. This recommendation set out not only the responsibilities and rights of teachers, but also international standards for teachers’ initial preparation, further education, employment, recruitment, and learning and teaching conditions.

Why is World Teacher’s Day important?

World Teacher’s Day 2022 is a day to appreciate the vital contribution that teachers around the world make. However, World Teacher’s Day is also a day to be aware of the support teachers need to fully carry out their vocation and display their talent.

World Teacher’s Day is also a time to think about what the path ahead looks like for the teaching profession. World Teacher’s Day is a day to give a voice to teachers around the world.

What are the themes of World Teacher’s Day 2022?

This year’s World Teacher’s Day will mark its 28th anniversary. The theme for 2022 is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery” or “The transformation of education begins with teachers”. In other words, this year’s World Teacher’s Day aims to highlight the leadership of teachers in transforming education.

What does this mean? Teachers themselves have recently become more instrumental than ever in ensuring that learning happens. Across the pandemic, when students couldn’t physically attend school, teachers worked hard to ensure that their education could still continue. Though students had to stay at home, education didn’t stop. Last year’s World Teacher’s Day theme, “Teachers: leading in crisis, re-imagining the future”, supported teachers through the challenges of the COVID pandemic.

In developing and war-affected nations, the educational difficulties produced by the pandemic were even more pronounced. Paired with challenges such as limited access to electricity and school supplies, displaced students and natural disasters, teaching in developing nations has become more difficult than ever before.

How can you help support teachers and celebrate this World Teacher’s Day?

In developing countries, it can be difficult to gain access to supplies such as  stationery, school books and other resources required for a teacher to do their job well. So, this World Teacher’s Day, why not set up a monthly donation to ChildFund Australia? A monthly donation allows us to reliably provide teachers in developing nations with the resources that they need to support their student’s continued education.

Alternatively, why not consider donating an education gift from our range of Gifts for Good? Gifts such as a school supplies set or a bright future bundle can provide a child with everything they need to attend and participate in school, while a gift such as a scholarship for a student can allow a child to attend school who may not otherwise have the means.

Your support will not only help a student, family or school in need, but will also extend the reach of World Teacher’s Day throughout the year.

You can also spread the word about World Teacher’s Day on social media. Use #worldteachersday to raise awareness and encourage family and friends to participate too.

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