World Teachers Day is observed on October 5th 2011 since 1994. Its aim is to mobilize support for educators and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met. The celebration was instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The theme for the 2011 observation is “Teachers for Gender Equality.” It is celebrated throughout the world, but some countries observe the day on different dates.
The latest figures indicate that two million new teaching positions will be needed in order to meet the goal of universal primary education by 2015. Gender balance among staff is vital: countries with a higher proportion of female primary educators are more likely to have an increase for enrollment rates for girls in secondary schools.
Gender equality in education is a major global concern, but despite commitments to international gender goals, the majority of out-of-school children, and two-thirds of illiterate adults are female. Women and girls are the largest single category of people deprived of full and equal opportunities for education.
According to UNESCO, the observation represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that is made to education and development.
Over 100 countries observe World Teachers Day as of 2011. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.