WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY 2020 (WTD)
Going digital and coronavirus-proof to mark WTD
Every year, the 5th of October is World Teachers’ Day (WTD). Some of our second-year students got creative with digital greeting cards to celebrate their teachers. Scroll down to admire the work of students. Short lines follow to open up conversations on what could be the way forward for education starting with the theme of World Teachers Day 2020 and the Future of Education Initiative of UNESCO.
Teachers taking the lead
The theme for this year’s WTD reflects the times we are in: “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”. Indeed, the leadership of teachers is cessential if we are to ensure that the students benefit from formal education amid the pandemic. This is a massive challenge that each teacher has taken on with great generosity and commitment. In this year’s theme, UNESCO has highlighted the role of teachers and educators in building resilience and shaping the future of education.
What do we want to become?
UNESCO has launched a global debate and conversation on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet, ‘Futures of Education: Learning to Become.’ To think in terms of “becoming” highlights the potential and possibilities in different types of learning styles.
Challenges and purposes of Education
We firmly believe and support Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education as an important part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this year of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, all are invited to take part in the public consultation and dialogue that are taking place. Vote on the top challenges and purposes of education here.
Family and School Partnership
Parents have the duty and the right to educate their children and give the school positive and constant help with this task.
Thanks to the work of teachers, a spirit of cooperation and sharing is nourished between generations, religions and cultures, and the Earth Community.
Towards the Global Compact on Education
Pope Francis has invited everyone involved in education to sign a Global Pact calling for an educational vision that can include a broad range of life experiences and learning processes that will enable young people to develop their personalities in all aspects. Education is not limited to formal settings.
“Education will be inadequate and ineffectual unless we strive to promote a new way of thinking about human beings, life, society, and our relationship with nature. (LS 215)
An Educational Partnership
An Educational Partnership involves finding a common way forward together, where all sectors and stakeholders seek to revitalise their commitment to and with the younger generations, renewing their passion for a more open and inclusive education that is capable of patient listening, constructive dialogue, and mutual understanding.
It is time to look forward with hope.
Sources: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldteachersday https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/wtd-2020-concept-note-en.pdf https://en.unesco.org/futuresofeducation/ https://www.educationglobalcompact.org/en/the-village-of-education/circular-letter-to-schools-universities-and-educational-institutions–855/ https://www.educationglobalcompact.org/resources/Risorse/instrumentum-laboris-en.pdf