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“Today on World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate the critical role of teachers in transforming learners’ potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for the planet. We call on countries to ensure that teachers are trusted and recognized as knowledge producers, reflective practitioners, and policy partners.”

Joint Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General, International Labour Organization, Ms Catherine Russell, Executive Director, UNICEF, Mr David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International for World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2022

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It is a day to celebrate how teachers are transforming education but also to reflect on the support they need to fully deploy their talent and vocation, and to rethink the way ahead for the profession globally.

Teachers alone cannot be expected to transform education. They need the crucial backing of their governments to guarantee and finance the right to education. There is a huge shortage of teachers globally and often they have low incomes and lack access to training opportunities. In many countries they are leaving the teaching profession for better paid jobs or being attracted to private education at the expense of the public system. We need to support and celebrate teachers and place a higher value on their efforts and contribution.

See Global Campaign for Education statement on World Teachers Day here:

GCE Statement on the Occasion of the 2022 World Teachers’ Day – Global Campaign for Education