Carolyn Savage, Winter's Head of International Education, summarises the importance of World Teachers' Day.

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In any profession it’s important to feel valued. To know that the work you’re doing is being noticed. Appreciated. Respected.

October 5th is a day when teachers around the world are celebrated and commended for their tremendous hard work, and the invaluable contribution that they make to the world around them. It’s a day when parents treat teachers to home-cooked meals, gifts of appreciation, thank-you cards and home-made crafts from their little ones.

It’s also an opportunity for schools to reassure teachers that their efforts are appreciated and to thank them publicly for all that they do. When I was a teacher, the 5th of October was always such a happy occasion, reminding me that I really was making a difference.

It was back in 1994 that UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed 5th October to be World Teachers’ Day. The date was auspicious because it was the day that the UNESCO / ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers was adopted in 1966. Currently, over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day, although many more have their own ‘Teachers Appreciation Day’ on alternative dates.

To all those hard-working teachers around the globe, especially those in our member schools, have a wonderful day today! Congratulations, teachers: your creativity, imagination, drive and boundless energy never ceases to amaze me! Happy World Teachers’ Day!

By Carolyn Savage - Head of International Education


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