World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2004, will provide an opportunity for the international public to examine the critically important contributions that teachers make, both inside and outside the classroom. On this day, thousands of education professionals around the world will unite to ensure that the educational needs of future generations of schoolchildren are taken into account.
This year, World Teachers’ Day focuses on the need for bringing qualified teachers into classrooms, and for offering teachers the necessary support – financial, intellectual and social – to attain the objective of Education for All by 2015. In order to reach the goal, millions of new teachers will need to be recruited and trained across the globe.
Over 100 countries will observe the Day. Events are being planned worldwide through the efforts of Education International, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and other partners.
World Teachers’ Day invites everyone to recognize the indispensable and often difficult role that teachers play – whether working in an industrialized city or in a temporary classroom in a refugee camp.