World Teachers’ Day

It’s hard to believe that World Teachers’ Day will celebrate its 26th anniversary this year, but the history of World Teachers’ Day goes back much further than 26 years. On October 5, 1966, the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers was signed by representatives of UNESCO and the International Labour Organization. Twenty-seven years later, UNESCO elected to commemorate the importance of the recommendation by designating October 5 as World Teachers’ Day, a day devoted to appreciating teachers the world over.

Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers’ Day has grown into a celebration of and for more than 32 million teachers in over 170 countries around the world. Through activities ranging from students writing letters to their favourite teachers to national holidays in some countries, the world community has been showing its appreciation for the vital contributions that teachers make to society.  

This year, more than ever, we know how important it is for all of us—teachers, parents, school staff and communities—to work together to create safe learning spaces for all students. That is why the theme for World Teacher’s Day is so pertinent today—Teaching for a Better World: Together in Strength and Solidarity.

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The ATA is paying tribute to the thousands of supportive and caring teachers in this province who, along with their national and international professional peers, will celebrate their roles as advocates for a better world. They are a courageous part of the face of education, and we believe in them.

In honour of World Teachers’ Day this year, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, along with Morgex Insurance, would like to celebrate our teachers. Between September 28 and October 5, post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ATAwtd20 to be entered to win one of three $1,000 VISA gift cards provided by Morgex. Just tell us how you are showing strength and solidarity while teaching for a better world.

Contest details

Post on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, using #ATAwtd20, and tell us how you teach for a better world.

All posts made between 9 AM October 1, 2020 and midnight October 5, 2020 using the hashtag will be entered into the draw.

We will make three draws: one for Twitter, one for Instagram, and one for Facebook. You can enter more than once if you make more than one post.

Please note that only ATA members are eligible for the contest.

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