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On World Teachers’ Day, UNICEF thanks teachers and pledges to support them!

BUCHAREST – October 5, 2012. On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2012, UNICEF Romania thanks all teachers for their dedication and renews its commitment to support them through global, regional and local initiatives.

Although Romanian teachers are faced with great challenges – recurrent reforms of the education system, the impact of the economic crisis, the value of education in today’s society - they continue to endow children with the knowledge they need to manage in an ever-changing world.

In UNICEF’s School Attendance Initiative, teachers have proved that, with support and training, they can expand their skills to tailor their teaching methods to the needs of all children and, in particular, of those who are vulnerable and at risk of dropping out and that they have significant bearing on children’s school participation and academic results. Due to these teachers, in the 2011 – 2012 school year, 80% of the children most at risk of dropping out improved their school attendance; 83% of all children who attended school for at least one day finished the school year, and more than 66% of them also improved their results and passed the grade.

“Through education, teachers are the ones giving every child the chance to a better life. We owe these teachers much more than our gratitude, we owe them our help. UNICEF works with governments, authorities, and partners to support teachers – the most important resource for giving all children, wherever they live, the chance to reach their full potential. On World Teachers’ Day, we commit to continuing our efforts through the “Education First” initiative so that all children can get equal opportunities to learn, fight and succeed in life. Let’s show teachers the gratitude and support they need for the benefit of children”, declared Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

A few days before World Teachers’ Day, the UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon launched Education First, an initiative meant to make education a top global priority and boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goal on education. In the next five years, the Education First initiative will focus on three priorities: put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship. With its School Attendance Initiative, UNICEF Romania fights for every child to go to school by preventing absenteeism and drop-out, and plans to improve the quality of learning by training school principals to promote intercultural and inclusive education and by training teachers to expand their skills to tailor their teaching methods to the needs of all children.

At the initiative of UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated every October 5th since 1994 with the aim of rallying support for teachers and ensuring that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

About UNICEF Romania

UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and other 150 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. 

In Romania, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality education, and the protection of children from violence, neglect, and HIV/AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



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