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Celebrating World Teachers' Day

By Meadow Hilley
Celebrating World Teachers' Day

On October 5, teachers were celebrated by their students, their administrators, and their peers to mark 2014’s World Teachers’ Day.
According to UNESCO, which founded the annual event in 1994, the day is “devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.”
In Tasmania, a morning tea was held among teachers as a means of supporting their Tanzanian peers. On Midway beach in Gisborne, New Zealand, Te Amokura, a talking stick, was returned to its ancestral home after traveling the world for a year to advocate for quality public education. In the West Bank, UNRWA celebrated the contribution of all its teachers working tirelessly to educate Palestinian refugee children and young people. To celebrate both World Teacher's Day (Oct. 5) and National Teacher's Day (Oct. 15), UNESCO Brazil launched a “Selfie with Your Teacher” competition.
UNESCO encourages everyone to celebrate the profession of teaching—so vital to societal health and development—by generating awareness about the issues facing teachers around the world, as well as by ensuring that teachers’ rights and working conditions are respected and protected.
“Take the opportunity of the day to discuss, compare, learn, argue, share, and improve.” - UNESCO
For more information on World Teachers' Day, visit

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10/15/2014 - John
On World Teacher Day, I lit a candle and spread the word about Neil Bantleman and Ferdi Tjiong, two international school teachers who have been wrongly imprisoned in Indonesia for over 90 days. #freeneilandferdi



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