World Teachers Day 2011
October 5, 2011 by staff
World Teachers Day 2011, On the eve of World Teachers’ Day, UN Photo being asked to submit pictures of their favorite teacher, past or present, with your name and country, and tell them, in a phrase, which mean so much to you.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on 5 October to celebrate the essential role of teachers in quality education at all levels. It also marks the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO / ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
The 2011 events will focus on the theme “Teachers for Gender Equality.”
New figures show that two million jobs will require new teachers to meet the goal of universal primary education by 2015. The gender balance among staff is of vital importance: countries with a higher proportion of women primary teachers are more likely to have higher enrollment rates of girls in secondary schools.
In addition, the supply of primary teachers is simply not matching demand – especially in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.
Gender equality in education is a global concern, but despite commitments to gender objectives internationally, the majority of children not attending school, and two thirds of illiterate adults are women. Women and girls therefore form the largest category of persons deprived of full and equal access to education.
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