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World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day

Dear Parents and Guardians

Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day. In many countries, Teachers’ Days are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers’ day is celebrated varies from country to country and are distinct from World Teachers’ Day which is officially celebrated across the world on October 5.

The idea of celebrating World Teachers’ Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

The aim of World Teachers’ Day represents a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the globe.

In many countries, the quality of education is undermined by a deficit of teachers.

Added to the challenge of numbers is one of quality: all too often, teachers work without resources or proper training. The stakes are high, because we face a global learning crisis, with 250 million children not acquiring basic skills of reading and writing.

As countries move through 2019 and the new development agenda is shaped, it is essential that teachers remain a priority.

Did you know that worldwide:

1.4 million new teaching posts required to achieve universal primary education 

2.6 million replacement teachers are needed 

Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest need for additional primary teachers  at 0.9 million (representing 63% of the world total)

Countries which need to create the most teaching posts include: Nigeria, Pakistan, Mozambique, Uganda and UR Tanzania

Globally 58 million children of primary school age are currently out of school, 53% of them are girls.

Therefore it is important that we take time to acknowledge the role that teachers play in society and more so in our daily lives. 

At College our teachers’ roles hold many facets and we are indeed fortunate: they are mentors, BE masters, Day housemasters, subject specialists, coaches, managers and with time could become life-long friends.

Please take the time to thank all your teachers personally for what they do for you on a daily basis.