World Teachers Day celebrates teachers leading in crisis

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Education International
Through continuous dialogue with teachers, we know plans can be developed that are fair, safe and workable. PHOTO: ImageCollab

This year World Teachers Day was commemorated through short, virtual sessions emphasizing teacher leadership during the pandemic from 5 to 12 October. The meetings were held by UNESCO, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting world peace, with the theme ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future’.

Session discussions revealed a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in meeting targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education and a need post-pandemic to accelerate progress. According to UNESCO, nearly half of the world’s students did not have access to internet and at times have limited possibilities to use other distance learning technologies.