The History of World Teachers Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which was established on November 16, 1945, believes that education, culture and communication are the means to building peace in the minds of men.

UNESCO inaugurated World Teachers’ Day in 1994 to focus attention on the contributions and achievements of teachers and on their concerns and priorities. October 5 was selected as the date to internationally celebrate teachers because, on that date in 1966, a special intergovernmental conference adopted the UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. For the first time, teachers throughout the world had a clear statement of their rights and responsibilities. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognized the importance to society of having competent, qualified and motivated teachers.

Positive response to World Teachers Day during the last 11 years indicates that the public at large is aware of and appreciates the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. Some countries, such as Taiwan, celebrate Teachers Day as a national holiday.