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why do we celebrate world teachers day

Frank Bruseker, ATA President
Nine years have passed since UNESCO inaugurated ВOctober 5, 1994, as the first World Teachers' Day. October 5 commemorates the teaching profession's contribution to educating the children of the world. Therefore, it is fitting that this year's World Teachers' Day theme is TeachersвOpening Doors to a Better World. Teachers are the heart of public education.


Opening doors to a world of knowledge is the challenge that teachers in Alberta and worldwide undertake and fulfill every day in their schools, their communities and their homes. Through their efforts and imagination, teachers inspire students to reach out and move beyond their horizons. Good teaching results in ensuring that we, as a society, have knowledgeable and forward looking citizens who can assume the mantle of leadership in the future.


On October 5, teachers in 92 countries around the world will celebrate World Teachers' Day. Together we are strong, and together we are opening doors for our students to the future. That's something to celebrate.


World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 "Teaching in Freedom". "Empowering Teachers is the theme of this year's (2017) World Teachers' Day, celebrated around the world since 1994 after the /. Its aim is to focus on "appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world" and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.


In 2017, World Teachers' Day commemorated the 20th anniversary of the, bringing the sometimes-neglected area of teaching personnel at Higher Education institutions into the conversation about the status of teachers.

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