Wednesday 5th October is World Teachers Day, an occasion to celebrate all of those who shape the minds of future generations.
World Teachers Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to celebrate the educators of the world.
The global holiday is held on Oct. 5 each year in recognition of the special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris that adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers on that date in 1966.
The recommendation declared education a fundamental human right, acknowledged the essential role of teachers in society, set international standards and defined teachers’ responsibilities.
For most, Oct. 5 is just a day to pay their teachers a little bit of extra gratitude for shaping their lives and minds and those of their children.
UNESCO holds an annual conference in Paris where it hands out the Hamdan Prize awards, but the organization recommends those who can not attend the Paris event take the opportunity “to discuss, compare, learn, argue, share and improve” wherever they are in the world.