World Teachers’ Day

Annually, on October 5, OTF joins with teachers around the world in celebrating the contributions that teachers make to education and society.

In 1994, UNESCO proclaimed October 5 World Teachers’ Day , in celebration of the great step made for teachers in 1966 when UNESCO in cooperation with the ILO adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

This recommendation sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions. It also contains many recommendations for teachers’ participation in educational decisions through consultation and negotiation with educational authorities. Since its adoption, the Recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education.

World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Annually, prior to World Teachers’ Day, the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and OTF recognize the excellence of Ontario’s teachers in publicly funded schools with the presentation of the OTIP Teaching Awards.

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