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World Teachers’ Day 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognises education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.

World Teachers Day is held yearly on the 5th of October. Since its set up in 1994, the day celebrates the marking of the teaching in freedom in 1996. It is observed all over the world since 1994 after the UNESCO recommendation concerning teachers. Its point is to centre on acknowledging, evaluating and enhancing the instructors of the world and to give a chance to consider the issues identified with educators and the teaching process in general.

The history of World Teacher's Day traced back to 5th October, 1966. The special intergovernmental conference had been convened on the status of teachers in Paris, France to analyse issues affecting teachers and their profession. As a result, they published a document "recommendation concerning the status of teacher’s" which was signed by both members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNESCO.

This year’s theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” has been chosen to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to trained and qualified teachers. Even today, a continuing challenge worldwide is the shortage of teachers. There are an estimated 264 million children and youth still out of school globally. To reach the 2030 education goals of universal primary and secondary education, the world needs to recruit almost 69 million new teachers. This teacher gap is more pronounced among vulnerable populations, such as girls, children with disabilities, refugee and migrant children, or poor children living in rural or remote areas.

The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is devoted in appreciating and upholding the educators of the world because teachers play important role in young people to become successful in career and business. We honor the teachers and recognize their contributions to education, development and emphasize their importance to raise their profile and increase the awareness and understanding of the teaching profession.

Let us therefore activate a support system for the network of teachers around the world!