World Teachers' Day 2018 - The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher

By piofficer, Thursday, 4th October 2018 | 0 comments

Each year on 5th October, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

World Teachers’ Day 2018 - on Friday, 5th October- will especially mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). The Declaration recognises education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.


This year’s theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” has global resonance.

In a national context, it speaks to our concern to have the emerging crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers and lecturers addressed as a matter of urgency. As a union committed to the welfare of teachers, the profession and our society, we in the TUI should use the opportunity of World Teachers’ day to welcome those colleagues who are new to the profession.  

A celebration

Celebration of the day might include the purchase of a cake/confectionery – to toast the day, as it were. The cost of purchase can be recouped from the local Branch by submitting receipts directly to the TUI Branch Treasurer.

Further information

Information regarding World Teachers’ Day and associated resources are available  at


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