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28 October 2008, Issue No. 21 - World Teachers' Day Wrap-up

Issue No. 21, 28 October 2008
United Nations Girls Education Initative
High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals: Focus on MDG 3
A teacher helps a girl learn to count using coloured chalk at Government Model Primary School for girls in Tarat, Pakistan. (Photo: UNICEF/HQ04-0212/Zaidi)


World Teachers’ Day 2008

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.

Teacher shortages, insufficient training, society’s lack of respect for the profession and the policies needed to tackle these challenges were the emphasis of this year's World Teachers’ Day.

Read the Joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day from the heads of UNESCO, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and Education International. »

World Teachers' Day news:

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Upcoming events

11-12 Nov - UNGEI GAC meeting, Paris, France
12-14 Nov - Learn without fear International Conference, Hamburg, Germany
13-14 Nov - EFA Working Group Meeting, Paris, France
19 Nov - World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
20 Nov - Universal Children’s Day
25 Nov - EFA Global Monitoring Report 2009 Launch, Geneva, Switzerland
25 Nov - International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women
25–29 Nov - International Conference on Education: “Inclusive Education: The Way of the Future”, Geneva, Switzerland

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Quick facts: Teachers

Between 1999 and 2005 the total number of primary school teachers in the world increased by 5 per cent or about 1.3 million teachers.

Worldwide, primary education systems employed about 27 million teachers in 2005.

An estimated 18 million additional teachers are needed worldwide to achieve universal primary education by 2015.


INEE Minimum Standards Toolkit: Teachers and Other Education Personnel
The INEE Minimum Standards present a global framework for coordinated action to enhance educational preparedness and response, increase access to relevant learning opportunities and ensure humanitarian accountability in providing these services.


Celebrating Commonwealth Teachers
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has called on governments to recruit more trained and qualified teachers where needed to address the global shortage of teachers.

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