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In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops that no learner is left behind.
A month after India celebrated national Teachers Day , October 5 is celebrated across the world to commemorate the work of educators as the ‘World Teachers’ Day’. This year’s theme for the international day is ‘Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future’ which highlights the work done by educators when the educational institutes including both schools and colleges were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Teacher’s Day was commenced in partnership with UNICEF, and the International Labor Organization, and Education International. In its concept note, UNESCO stated that this year’s theme “considers the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education.”
In a joint statement, Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, director-general, International Labor Organization, and Henrietta H. Fore, executive director, UNICEF, and David Edwards, general secretary, Education International stated that “In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops that no learner is left behind’’.
They further added ‘’around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.”
“Now is the time to reimagine education and achieve our vision of equal access to quality learning for every child and young person now is the time to recognize the role of teachers in helping to ensure a generation of students can reach their full potential, and the importance of education for short-term stimulus, economic growth and social cohesion, during and after COVID-19,” the statement added.
According to UNESCO, the Covid-19 pandemic has directly affected 1.6 billion students, more than 90 per cent of the world’s total enrolled student population and 63 million primary and secondary teachers. It revealed that globally approximately 50 per cent and 43 per cent of learners lack computers or the internet in the home, respectively.
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