World Teacher’s Day 2019: Significance, history, date and theme
A teacher is just like the Pole Star. Just how the Pole Star leads a nomad to their destination, a teacher guides us and helps us find what we want to be in our life. They teach some of the most valuable lessons, which stay with us forever. The nostalgia we feel while reminiscing about our school and college days can never be expressed in words.
There would always be one strict teacher who would be impossible to please. Reaching their class on time and completing all their assignments would be the topmost priority and not doing so would be something even the most adventurous ones would refrain from. And then, there would also be one teacher whose class we would never want to miss because it was so enjoyable.
Teachers are the unsung heroes whose contribution in making us who we are isn’t appreciated enough. The effort a teacher puts in to ensure that a child’s mind shapes up the right way needs to be acknowledged.
The United Nations Organisation has been celebrating October 5 as World Teacher’s Day every year since 1994. On this day, it adopted the proposal regarding the plight of teachers made by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) together in 1966. The proposal set standards which are to do with the rights and responsibilities of teachers, their recruitment and the teaching pedagogies being adopted worldwide. With a new theme every year, World Teacher’s Day is celebrated to familiarize people with the importance of the role played by the teachers in our society.
This year’s theme is ‘Young teachers: The future of the profession’. In the recent years, the role a teacher plays in their pupil’s life has changed immensely, for good. Teachers today are also facilitators and mentors for their students. The theme celebrates the new role.