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Happy World Teachers' Day!

World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5 since 1994. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

"Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers" is the theme of this year's World Teachers' Day, celebrated around the world since 1994. 

The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  on January 1, 2016. While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. 

I am one of the three professional KDP representatives to the Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) at the United Nations (UN). There are also our two youth representatives.  NGOs associated with DPI disseminate information about the UN to their communities to raise awareness about key issues on the UN agenda. Our role includes being involved with activities and events that might be of interest to our community regarding the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #4 - Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

It requires teachers to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed to deliver quality education, which must take into account learners' circumstances, needs and expectations. UNESCO in a statement acknowledged that crises, conflicts, and insecurity, alongside rising intolerance and discrimination, as well as budgetary restrictions are some of the factors affecting teachers in much of the world, undermining both their freedom and empowerment. The international community undertook to provide universal primary and secondary education by 2030, and it is estimated that countries will need to recruit 68,8 million primary and secondary education teachers to make this target, added the statement UNESCO.

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

What skills do learners need in today’s world? While academic skills have often been the focus of education systems, other skills that help us to better learn to live together and prepare us for the world of work must not be underestimated. The following video highlights key messages on the importance of these skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and empathy among many others as we enter a new era for Education 2030 - Education and Training in a Changing World: What Skills Do We Need?


Srecko Mavrek
Professional KDP Representative to the UN DPI