World Teachers’ Day, observed annually since 1994 - when it was created by UNESCO - celebrates teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
This year, World Teachers’ Day will focus on the role of teachers within the context of the global financial and economic crisis and the need to invest in teachers now as a means to secure post-crisis regeneration.
It is critical, during these difficult times, to seek mechanisms that protect the teaching profession. It is also crucial, despite the crisis, to ensure that investment in teachers is sufficient and proportionate to the demands made upon them. It is the teaching force with its knowledge, experience and foresight which can bring new insights to global solutions.
Education International, EI (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers' Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.
EI is the global voice of education workers, representing nearly 30 million teachers and other education workers through 401 member organisations in 172 countries and territories.Over 100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organisations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.
According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO is a specialized United Nations agency. Its name stands for an ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of human beings through education.
The Government of Jamaica seized the opportune moment on October 5, 2006 to legally effect the official name change of JAMAL to JFLL, ushering in a new approach to teaching and learning in the non-formal adult education sub-sector in the public system. The paid staff JFLL is now supported by an active corps of approximately 250 volunteers islandwide.