October 5 is World Teachers' Day. It has been held every year since 1994, when it was created by UNESCO, and celebrates teachers all over the world. “Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and ensure that teachers continue to provide for the needs of future generations. "
The theme chosen this year is "Take action for teachers!" "" Teachers define our collective capacity to innovate, to invent, to find solutions for the future. Nothing will ever replace a good teacher. Nothing is more important than supporting them, ”says Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Moreover, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, there is a shortage of about two million additional teachers in the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goal, aimed at making universal primary education of by 2015.
The official UNESCO website offers a nice poster to download. In addition, it offers a virtual card service through which young people and adults can send a note to their teacher to show them their gratitude for their work.
Closer to home, in Quebec, a group of educational establishments in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region offers the " Thank you table ". The initiative invites people everywhere to participate: “Has a teacher made a positive impact on your life? helped make you who you are? made a significant difference in your child's journey? Thank him on THE TABLE OF THANKS! », Can we read on the site.
On the occasion of this day, the Commission scolaire de Montréal recognizes the work of the members of its teaching staff by proposing watch some video clips made in their honor.
At the pan-Canadian level, Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week presented the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. As explained in the press release, “94 teachers and educators from across Canada received awards, and 27 of them traveled to Ottawa to receive their Certificate of Excellence (a national award) from the Prime Minister and attend three days of celebration and professional development activities. In addition to the certificates of excellence, 67 certificates of honor will be awarded regionally. "