Monday 5 October marked World Teachers’ Day, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, and celebrating the work of teachers around the world.

The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2020 was Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future, and served as a timely reminder of the role teachers at all levels will play as the frontline in our recovery to Covid-19.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) state,

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic”.

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2020, Education International hosted a 24 hour live online event which brought together teachers and education professionals, parents, whānau, advocates and world leaders to celebrate achievements, connect on priorities and mobilise to build on the promise of quality education for all. Prime Minister Ardern took the opportunity during the online event to thank teachers across Aotearoa for their hard work, and acknowledged their continued dedication during the pandemic, saying,

“Over the past few months you’ve gone above and beyond to make sure our students continue to get a great education, despite the challenges thrown-up by Covid-19. Thank you. I know this hasn’t always been easy, but your dedication is hugely appreciated”.