World Teachers Day 2018


Internationally World Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5 October each year. However, as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year which in 2018 falls on 26 October.

World Teachers' Day was inaugurated on 5th October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO (International Labour Organisation) Recommendation concerning the status of Teachers.

The theme of this year’s World Teacher’s Day is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”

“This theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), where education is recognised as a key fundamental right. A right that cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers. 

One of the main challenge to this right worldwide is the continued shortage of teachers. There are an estimated 264 million children and youth still out of school globally, and according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs to recruit almost 69 million new teachers to reach the 2030 education goal of universal primary and secondary education. This ‘teacher gap’ is more pronounced among vulnerable populations – girls, children with disabilities, refugee and migrant children, and poor children living in rural or remote areas.

Trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.”
[UNESCO Concept Note]

This year the SA Branch will also celebrate World Teachers Day with an afternoon of collective action around the state calling for Respect for public education.

Click here  for details of World Teachers Day events around the state. 
Click here to download the poster. 
Click here to download the teacher appreciation certificate.