- Posted October 4, 2013 by
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World Teachers' Day 2013 celebrated
October 5 is World Teachers' Day, but it is celebrated today (Oct.4) in the Philippines. It is organized by UNESCO in 1994, the day aims to mobilize support for teachers around the world.
In public schools in the Philippines, students and parents honored their teachers. They gave flowers, balloons and thank you cards.
In the U.S. alone, there were about 3.7 million teachersworking in elementary and secondary schools in 2011.
On the hand, the Philippines is losing many of its teachers who are pursuing teaching jobs overseas because of the attractive salary rates and other incentives for their families. They have given up on their disproportionate salaries in the country.
“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013, according to UNESCO website.
The website also said that since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all.
Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers.
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General said on the UNESCO website: “ Teachers’ professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. This World Teachers’ Day, we call for teachers to receive stronger training upfront and continual professional development and support...”