World Teachers’ Day

World Teacher’s Day is an international observance celebrated annually on October 5th. It was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to show appreciation for teachers worldwide and to serve as a day for assessing and aiding teacher improvement.

It is also a day to address the unique issues affecting teachers. While many countries have their own specific National Teachers’ Day, UNESCO believes it is necessary to consider the issues affecting teachers from an international perspective.

After all, as the world produces global citizens, it is essential to have global teachers who can address and exchange ideas across countries.

History of World Teacher’s Day

The history of this international observance dates back to October 5th, 1966, when the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers, convened in Paris, France to discuss issues affecting teachers and the teaching profession, concluded its deliberations.

As a result, they published the “Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers,” a document signed by members of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO.

This recommendation establishes the rights and responsibilities of teachers, sets international standards for initial training and continuing education, and provides guidelines for the recruitment and employment of teachers.

All these recommendations contribute to promoting a quality education environment. On October 5, 1994, the first World Teacher’s Day was organized and has been celebrated annually since. On October 12, 1997, UNESCO convened the 29th General Conference session.

During this session, the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel” was adopted, a document that revised and enhanced educational standards for international teachers and the institutions that employ them.

Celebrating this Day

Various events are held worldwide on this day, including celebrations to honor specific teachers or the teaching profession in general, and to recognize the contributions that teachers have made to society. It may also be a day for recruitment drives, additional teacher training events, and reviewing specific teacher policies.


This international observance is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your favorite teacher, show the teacher in your life how much they mean to you, or simply to acknowledge the importance of teaching. After all, the health of the teaching profession is a significant indicator of a society’s well-being.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 5 Saturday
Next year (2025)
October 5 Sunday
Last year (2023)
October 5 Thursday
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